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.