Shootings in Long Beach increased 58.9% during the first half of this year and the number of people wounded in those shootings rose 55%, police said.
Following a request from the City Council, the Long Beach Police Department released a three-page report that they say explains the uptick in crime and lists some plans of action.
Although total crime rose, the category of violent crime actually dropped by 1.4%, according to the LBPD’s year-end crime stats.
Increases or decreases in crime from March 2019 compared to March 2020 also were highly dependent on where one lives: It was down in Downtown, but up in West, North Long Beach.
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.