Crime stats show Long Beach continues to see overall drops in crime even as some of the most serious categories rose.
Despite complaints from residents about high-visibility crimes making rounds on social media, police officials say yearly crime rates are actually down when compared to last year and the average over the past five years.
The number of rapes reported to LBPD jumped 40.9% so far this year. And reports of fondling at CSULB recently tripled.
According to Long Beach police’s crime stats, there was about a 1% increase in overall property crime compared to the first quarter of 2018.
The city’s overall crime rate was down, but there were stubborn pockets of theft and burglary in and around West Long Beach.
It’s unclear so far how many assaults the department believes it miscategorized, but it’s a “significant number of incidents,” police said.
Year-end crime statistics unveiled last week by city officials showed murders decreased by 8.3 percent while overall crime remained essentially flat compared to 2015 levels.
Long Beach experienced a slight increase in crime during the first half of this year, compared to the same time period last year, with numbers showing an 8 percent increase in violent crime, according to the Long Beach Police Department’s (LBPD) latest crime statistics. The number of arson-related cases also appears to have doubled.
Despite a low five-year crime average, Long Beach has seen a rise in violent and property crime this year, according to officials with the Long Beach Police Department (LBPD).
In a preliminary crime statistics report for 2014, Long Beach is poised to achieve the lowest number of reported violent crimes in 42 years, according to a statement from the city.