Friday, February 4, 2022

La Mirada crimes report shows small increase in 2021

La Mirada remained one of the safest cities in the region despite a small uptick in crime in 2021 from the previous year according to a sheriff's department report released this week.

The 813 serious crimes reported to deputies last year was an increase of 2.91% over the 791 reports of theft and violent crimes reported in the city in 2020. 

The surge of catalytic converter and auto thefts experienced across the region played a large part in a 4.86% increase in property crime that rose from 700 to 734. On a positive note, the number of burglaries of homes and businesses fell from 105 to 88 in 2021.

La Mirada remained one of the safest cities in the region posting a 12.1% drop in violent crime led by a reduction in aggravated assaults and robberies.

The report that outlines crimes reported in each area deputies patrol including contract cities shows indicates La Mirada fared well when compared to other jurisdictions in the county.

Cerritos, with a population, average income, and business count comparable to La Mirada, a 29.6% increase in crime was reported including large increases in robbery 43.6%, aggravated assault 40.4%, and a staggering 89.7% increase in auto theft.

Some of the other cities that experienced increases Pico Rivera 12.8%, Industry 31%, La Puente 28%, Lynwood 18.4%, Rancho Palos Verdes 30%, Malibu 16.75%, Santa Clarita 5.8%, Diamond Bar 13%, and West Hollywood 22%.

Crimes fell in some cities patrolled by LASD including in Norwalk where crime fell 16.3% including a 35% reduction in violent crime. 

Sheriff patrols were increased in Norwalk in 2021 including the addition of a second sheriff's special problems team and the city public safety unit added more personnel after voters passed a 1% sales tax to benefit public safety in 2020. 

The increases to the Norwalk Public Safety unit where non-sworn city officers are dispatched to minor calls allow deputies more time to conduct pro-active patrols. La Mirada also has a similar city public safety unit tasked with many of the same responsibilities.

Cities including Lakewood, Bellflower, Compton, and Lancaster all saw modest decreases in reported crime last year.

Crime in La Mirada 2021

Homicide                        0
Rape                               12
Robbery                         23
Aggravated Assault       44

Total Violent Crimes     79

Burglary                        88
Larceny Theft               471
Auto Theft                    173
Arson                            2

Total Property Crimes  734

Total Serious Crimes    813

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