Chief Confirms Long Beach Crime Rates Lowest Since 1971
2011-01-05 · By Editor
Long Beach Police Chief Jim McDonnell held a news conference in which he addressed a significant decline in crime rates in the City of Long Beach. He proudly announced that 2010 brought a significant reduction in crime for the City of Long Beach.
“We believe that our response time to emergency calls for service has played a significant role in crime reduction,” said Chief McDonnell. “Our average response time for ‘priority 1’ emergency calls for service for 2010 is 4.1 minutes, which is among the best in the country.”
In these lean budgetary times, Police Departments across the nation are challenged with finding new and innovative ways of accomplishing our mission.
An example of this is our recently implemented gang injunction (Surenos), which is the first of its kind in the nation. Working with the City Prosecutor and the District Attorney we have used gang injunctions for many years, however the Sureno gang injunction addresses the gangs under the control of the Mexican Mafia as a web, rather than a silo that focuses on individual gangs. We believe that this strategy will be used by other agencies as they monitor our progress.
Police Use Technology Solve More Crime
We also continue to apply various types of technology and other innovative tools. Nixle.com is a tool we use to communicate with community online; Safe Reunion Long Beach is a technology that allows us to reunite people missing, often due to Alzheimer’s/Dementia to their families; Tipsoft is a communication tool where anonymous tips and leads can be provided to the police and Automated License Plate Readers allows us to use technology to rapidly locate stolen vehicles and wanted suspects.
Using the above mentioned tools and a variety of computer software programs, advancement in forensic technology, and various online resources, police officers and investigators have been able to solve more crime, clear more cases and remove more criminals off the streets.
Most Types of Crime Decrease in 2010
The results have been phenomenal. We have seen a decline in 2010 gang related shootings by 13.5% and gang related murders are down 53.8%, as compared to our 2009 numbers. Our murder clearance rate for 2010 is 90%, which is the highest clearance rate we have on record and certainly one that any police agency in America would be extremely proud of.
- Overall violent crime, which includes Murder, Rape, Robbery, and Aggravated Assault, was down 13.5% in 2010.
- Murders are down by 24.4%
- Robberies are down by 13.2%,
- Aggravated assaults are down by 14.9%
- Forcible rape had a slight increase, 2.3% (3 incidents – increased reporting due to community education!)
One of our significant efforts to reduce violent crimes is the seizure of guns. In 2010, 887 guns were taken off of the streets.
Not only are violent crimes down but also the city saw a significant reduction in property crimes, which include burglaries, larcenies and auto thefts. Property crimes in general are down 8.0%
It is especially noteworthy that in 2010 the number of Robberies, Commercial Burglaries, Auto Burglaries, Auto thefts and arsons are the lowest since we have been recording in those crime categories.
Traffic Accidents Down, Quality of Life Up
The continued efforts of our traffic section, working with our Public Works Dept Traffic engineer, and using the “three E’s” (engineering, education and enforcement) resulted in over 276 fewer traffic accidents, which is a 4.6% reduction, and 23 fewer traffic fatalities, a reduction of 12%.
Quality of Life Unit officers, a LBPD detail that addresses issues relating to the homeless, worked with the Health Dept. to place 160 homeless people into housing and helping them get off the streets, potentially changing their lives forever.
As we move into 2011, the economic challenges become even greater. Now more than ever we need to work with, and engage the community to become our partners in reducing crime. We will also continue to optimize technological advancements and work with our regional, state, and federal law enforcement partners as a force multiplier to reduce crime and enhance the quality of life in the City of Long Beach.