PRESS RELEASE

City of Long Beach 
Public Information Office
333 W. Ocean Blvd, 
Long Beach, CA 90802

1/11/2018
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Release # CM:011118
Subject:
Overall Crime Rate Down for 2017
Contact:
Long Beach Police Department Media Relations
562.570.5273
LBPDMediaRelations@longbeach.gov





The Long Beach Police Department is pleased to announce a significant drop in Part 1 crimes for 2017. Total Part 1 crime was down 7.9% from 2016.

“This historic reduction in murders and decrease in the overall crime rate is the result of the effective partnership of our Police Department with the community they serve,” said Mayor Robert Garcia. “While we are proud of this achievement, we are going to continue our work to make Long Beach even safer in the coming year.”

This decline is in part a result of the efforts of the men and women of the Long Beach Police Department and the partnerships they have established. The department thanks the community for their involvement in fighting crime. Community members are following the “See Something, Say Something” philosophy, increasingly reporting crime, and assisting officers and investigators. Residents and business owners are also taking the necessary steps to help themselves by taking ownership and investing in their safety with security systems and camera surveillance technology. This partnership is critical as we move forward in 2018 and work together to reduce crime. 

“We wouldn’t be able to accomplish these historic lows without the assistance of the community, our City departments, and other law enforcement partners,” said Chief Robert Luna. “I am extremely proud of the men and women of the Long Beach Police Department for the exceptional work they do every day to save lives and positively impact crime.”

The department’s constant collaboration between patrol officers and detectives, combined with relentless investigative follow-up, is essential to obtaining evidence and the prompt apprehension of suspects. 

The Police Department notes an 11.3% drop in property crimes in 2017, an increase in robberies and assaults, and an increase of 9% in overall violent crime compared to 2016. At the beginning of the month, the Police Department announced a historical 33.3% decrease in the number of murders in Long Beach.

We want to encourage everyone to be aware of their surroundings and not be distracted by their cellphones as they travel through our great city. An individual’s increased awareness can have a significant effect on their personal security and reduces their chance of becoming a victim of robbery or assault. We also want to remind the community to utilize the E-Commerce Exchange Zones when selling something to a private party. The exchange zones are identified by signage in the parking lots of the following patrol division substations:

  • West Division – 1835 Santa Fe Avenue
  • North Division – 4891 Atlantic Avenue
  • East Division – 3800 East Willow Street

In 2018, the Police Department will again strive to reduce crime citywide by working with all our partners, continuing our proactive enforcement efforts, and focusing on our relationships with our community. We wish everyone a safe and prosperous New Year, and remind everyone, “If You See Something… Say Something!”

To review all crime stats, please visit http://www.longbeach.gov/police/crime-info/crime-statistics.

About the City of Long Beach

Home to approximately 470,000 people, the multiple award-winning and innovative City of Long Beach offers all the world-class amenities of a large metropolitan city while maintaining a strong sense of individual and diverse neighborhoods nestled together along the California coast. Long Beach is home to the Queen Mary, Aquarium of the Pacific, several museums and theaters, a highly-rated school district, Long Beach Airport, the Port of Long Beach, as well as many award-winning City departments such as Health, Parks, Recreation and Marine, Development Services and more. The City also has a highly-respected university and city college, two historic ranchos, five hospitals, five golf courses, 170 parks, miles of beaches, marinas, bike paths, and a Bike Share program.

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