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Serious crime falls 16% in Santa Monica

01/31/2020 10:00 AM | Margaret Fulton (Administrator)

Serious crime was down 16% last year in Santa Monica, local officials said this week.

After reaching a historically low level in 2014, the rate of Part 1 crimes, which include murder, rape, aggravated assault, robbery, burglary, theft, grand theft auto and arson, rose 29% between 2015 and 2018. But in 2019, 16% fewer Part 1 crimes were reported than in 2018.

Three people were murdered in 2019, a decrease from seven people in 2018. The number of rapes fell from 47 to 35.

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