According to an analysis of Los Angeles Police Department data by the Los Angeles Times, crime reports are up significantly in six Los Angeles neighborhoods.
According to the analysis, four neighborhoods reported an increase in violent crimes. Among the neighborhoods is Fairfax which reported nine violent crimes from Sept. 1 to Sept. 9. This is a significant jump from its weekly average of 1.5 violent crimes over the last three months.
The other Los Angeles neighborhoods that recorded an increase in violent crimes include Lincoln Heights, Valley Glen and Exposition Park.
Harbor City and Westwood both experienced a significant increase in the number of property crimes recorded that same week. Harbor City was on top of the list, recording 13 property crimes compared to its weekly average of 9.5 over the last three months.
Los Angeles, according to the Los Angeles Times has one of the highest violet crime rates in the nation. Violent crimes include murder, homicide, armed robbery, forcible rape, aggravated assault and assault with a deadly weapon.
According to NeighborhoodScout's analysis, Los Angeles also has an above average rate of property crimes when compared to other communities. Property crimes include motor vehicle theft, arson, larceny and burglary.
California doesn't show much mercy for violent crimes. These crimes usually carry long prison terms. In California, when someone is convicted of a felony, the judge may impose one of three “determined” prison terms: low-term, mid-term or high-term.
The judge will use several factors to determine the term that is imposed. Factors might include the severity of the offense, the defendant's criminal history and the discretion of the judge. If you or a member of your family is arrested and charged with a violent crime or a property crime, you should seek help from a criminal lawyer who will build you a strong defense and help to minimize your penalties.
As a Los Angeles criminal lawyer, Vitaly B. Sigal represents individuals arrested and charged with violent crimes and property crimes throughout the Los Angeles area.