Crime Rates in Los Angeles Show Moderate Decrease, Hiring of More Officers Planned

Los Angeles sees a decrease in crime rates this year compared to last year, with drops in violent crime, homicides, property crime, and hate crimes, according to new data released by the LAPD.

The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) has released new data indicating a decrease in crime rates in the city this year compared to the same period last year. Despite this positive trend, the department has plans to hire more officers to enhance public safety.

The 2023 crime statistics reveal the following changes:

  • Violent crime: Decreased by 10%
  • Homicides: Decreased by 27%
  • Victims of shootings: Decreased by 17%
  • Property crime: Decreased by 1%
  • Hate crimes: Decreased by 5.8%
  • Fatal traffic crashes: Increased by 6.7%

Los Angeles is not the only city in California reporting a decline in crime. San Francisco has also experienced an overall drop of nearly 7% during the first five months of the year, according to police statistics.

In West Hollywood, a city within Los Angeles County, serious crimes such as rape, murder, grand theft, and vehicle burglary decreased by 9% from October to April compared to the same period in 2021 and 2022, according to the sheriff’s department.

However, amid the positive overall trends, the data also highlights a concerning fact: Black girls and women face a higher risk of being crime victims compared to other demographics.

For further details, the complete set of LAPD’s data can be accessed on their website at The department’s efforts to combat crime and ensure public safety will include the recruitment of additional officers.