Los Angeles has a 26 crime index rating, meaning that it is safer than 26% of the cities in the U.S. In one year, there were over 21,000 violent crimes and 91,792 property crimes. The national median for violent crimes is 4.0. Los Angeles was only slightly higher coming in a 5.74. The breakdown of the type of violent crimes seen in the city include: 294 murders, 940 rapes, 11,059 robberies, and 9,464 assaults. The national median for property crimes is 29.4 per 1,000 residents, but in L.A. this number is 24.20. Of the property crimes, 17,754 were burglaries, 5,723 were thefts, and 17,315 were motor vehicle thefts.
According to the 2010 Census, Los Angeles has the highest population of any city in California and the second highest population of any city in the country. When the entire Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana metropolitan area is taken into account, the population increases to 18 million people. Not only does the city have one of the largest populations, but it has one of the most ethnically diverse populations. It has been ranked as the third richest city in the world and the fifth most powerful and is a center of trade, media, fashion, and business.
Crimes rates in Los Angeles have been decreasing since the 1990s and reached an all-time low in 2009 when there were only 314 murders. In the past, the city was dominated by gangs like the American Mafia, but in more recent times, black and Hispanic gangs have come into power, up to 450 in all. Street gangs like the Crips, Bloods, and Sureños have earned Los Angeles the nickname “Gang Capital of America.” Our team at Martinian & Associates is dedicated to protecting the criminally accused in Los Angeles and are familiar with the court system and staff in the area. If you have found yourself facing legal difficulties, please do not hesitate to get in touch with our legal team today!