The South Gate Police Department has released new statistics indicating a drop in violent crimes and property crimes across the city.
During 1996, South Gate’s homicide rate fell 33%, more than twice the figure for homicide reduction statewide over roughly the same period. Reported rapes in the city similarly dropped 26%, while robberies declined 16%.
Deputy Chief George Troxcil attributed the decreases to the 94-officer department’s focus on outreach programs and street gang intervention.
“Instead of just going out and responding to [drug- and gang-related] problems, we solve the problems,” Troxcil said.