Crime on the Rise for Second Straight Year in Los Angeles

Photo: Reed Saxon/AP

Photo: Reed Saxon/AP

Crime is up for the second straight year in the City of Angels...a disturbing trend also mirrored throughout the entire Golden State.

So far in 2016, aggravated assaults are up nearly 20 percent from this point in 2015. Robberies, as well, are up over 16 percent.

Property crimes also saw a spike with motor vehicle thefts up over 18 percent and vehicle burglaries up nearly 10 percent. 

Overall, crime has risen in Los Angeles by 6.3 percent so far this year over 2015 levels.

Homicides have remained constant, with 142 people killed so far in 2016. That total marks the same number killed at this point in 2015.

In addition, 586 people have been shot so far in 2016.

Los Angeles can take some solace in knowing that while the total number of people shot or killed in their city has spiked to dangerous levels, it pales in comparison to the number of people shot or killed in Chicago.

Chicago has seen a dramatic spike in violence in 2016 with over 370 people killed and over 2300 people shot so far.

Much of the blame for the spike in California violence and crime has been attributed to Proposition 47, passed by voters in 2014.

Prop 47 decriminalized many quality of life crimes such as drug possession and theft, dropping them from felonies to misdemeanors. The decrease in incarceration rates related to these offenders has been suggested as a reason crime is on the rise in California.

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