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Four less-than-obvious theories for L.A.'s record drop in crime
Four less-than-obvious theories for L.A.'s record drop in crime

The last time the crime rate in L.A. was this low, the Black Dahlia had been only two years in her grave. The last time the crime rate in L.A. was this low, they were handing out the first-ever Emmy awards (KTLA won). The last time the crime rate in L.A. was this low …. well, you get the idea. The mayor and the police chief, Eric Garcetti and Charlie Beck, respectively, were justifiably over the moon this week about the winning streak, 11 years of plummeting crime rates, the lowest overall since 1949. Both of them credited community policing, community groups and the use of computerized crime data for the laudable numbers. Some other theories have been floated, some more...

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