LA crime decreases during first 3 months of 2013

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LOS ANGELES (AP) – Crime in Los Angeles decreased during the first three months of 2013, continuing what has been a trend in the nation’s second-largest city for the past decade.

Officials reported Friday that violent crime fell 14 percent through March 31. Property crimes such as burglaries and auto thefts decreased 7 percent. Homicides were also down more than 10 percent. There were 66 killings during the year’s first quarter, compared with 57 during the same period last year.

The Angeles Times reports that Police Chief Charlie Beck credits LA’s aggressive anti-gang efforts for much of the city’s success in reducing crime.

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