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Los Angeles Police Department Chief of Detectives Charlie Beck

The Los Angeles Police Commission re-appoints LAPD Chief Charlie Beck to another five year term. (AP photo)

LOS ANGELES (CNS) – Los Angeles police Chief Charlie Beck said today that domestic violence calls are up about 10.5 percent so far in 2014 compared to the same period last year, contributing to an overall 13 percent rise in the number of aggravated assaults since the beginning of the year.

The assault category is one of the few registering an uptick in a year in which most crimes continue to decline, according to LAPD statistics. Overall violent and property crime since the start of the year is down nearly 5 percent compared with the first half of 2013, Beck told the Police Commission.

Mid-year statistics released earlier this month showed aggravated assaults were up by 466 cases, or 12 percent, compared with the same period last year.

Beck said rapes are up 4 percent, with about 15 to 20 more cases so far this year when compared to 2013.

While the number of reported rape cases is “not out of line” with the five-year average, it is still something that needs to be improved, he said.

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