The number of crime incidents in Los Angeles saw an overall bump last month, after a previous decline, according to data from CrimeoMeter, which collects data from police agencies and validated sources.
Incidents rose by 2.5 percent, from 18,002 in April to 18,444 in May. However, looking at the broader trend, Los Angeles crime has decreased from May of last year. Crime levels tend to follow seasonal patterns, making a year-over-year comparison most relevant.
The month-to-month increase in reports was led by theft and assault. Theft rose from 2,818 reported incidents in April to 3,010 in May, and has grown by 167 incidents since May of last year. Assault incidents went from 2,564 to 2,753 for the month, or a 7.4 percent increase. However, assault reports have decreased since a year ago.
There was also a considerable percentage increase last month in attempted kidnappings, from four incidents per month to 11.
Among the few types of offenses that saw a downturn last month, vandalism reports went from 1,755 to 1,713. Harassment incidents fell from 313 to 280, and attempted theft incidents went down from 72 to 43. All three have seen an overall downward trend since the same time last year.
Considering the concentration of crime across the city, the largest increase last month occurred in Koreatown, Sylmar and Mid-City. Westwood, Chinatown and Valley Village also saw considerable percentage increases in crime offenses for the month, although they continue to have lower overall crime levels. Over the past year, crime has declined the most in Van Nuys.
Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays had the most reported crimes last month. The largest increase from the previous month occurred on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, while incidents on Mondays, Tuesdays and Sundays went down. Comparing times of day, midday, evening and late afternoon continue to see the most crime incidents on average each day.
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