Southeast : CRIME DROP

Crimes reported in Long Beach in the first half of this year dropped 18.3% from the same period last year, according to a recent report from the California Department of Justice.

It is the second-largest decrease in the state among 63 jurisdictions serving more than 100,000 people that were included in the report. Crime in Santa Clara County dropped 19.7% over the same period.

“We’re very pleased,” said Long Beach Police Chief William C. Ellis.

Crimes in the survey included homicide, forcible rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary and motor vehicle theft. In the first half of 1994, 10,230 such crimes were reported in Long Beach. In the first half of this year, that number dropped to 8,362. There were drops in all categories; homicides dropped 26%.


Overall, crime was down 7% in the state. In Los Angeles, crime dropped 5.7%.