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South Gate Records Drop in Crime Rate

South Gate officials report that crimes such as robbery, burglary and car theft are down considerably over the past four years while homicides rose slightly.

From 1993 to 1997, burglaries declined 41%, robbery 32% and car theft 23%. Homicides increased from 10 murders in 1994 to 11 in 1997.

“One of the reasons is community-based policing,” police Chief George Troxcil said Monday of the drop in crime.

Also, the city has formed several community groups to inform neighborhoods about community-based policing.

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