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Up in Silver Lake, Down in El Sereno: Find out how the crime rate changed in your neighborhood

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The LAPD has reported that crime declined city wide in 2018, with violent crime also dropping for the first time in five years. But breaking down those figures on a neighborhood basis reveals that changes in the crime rate can vary dramatically based on where you live, according to an analysis by researchers at USC.

For example, the crime rate in Silver Lake rose by more than 8% from 2017 to 2018. Meanwhile, the rate dropped more than 11% in El Sereno, according to Crosstown,  a joint project by several departments at USC.

The study —  which looked at all reported crimes, from violent assaults to burglaries — also ranked 114 L.A. neighborhoods by crime rate. (This does not include East Los Angeles, which is patrolled by the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department).

The crime rates were determined by dividing the number of reported crimes in a neighborhood by its population, said Crosstown. That number was then multiplied by by 100,000 to come up with rate.

Based on those rankings of 114 neighborhoods, the area that includes Dodger Stadium, Elysian Park and Solano Canyon had the fifth highest crime rate in the city last year and highest on the Eastside. In contrast, Mount Washington was ranked at 109 terms of crime rate, the lowest on the Eastside.

The chart below provides a neighborhood breakdown of the change in crime rates and where a neighborhood ranked compared to 114 parts of the city. You can find all of the neighborhood results here.

Got a question about the study? Leave it in the comments section to be reviewed by the Crosstown team.

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7 comments

  1. Interesting that most of the areas that are getting gentrified are the ones where the crime rate dropped.

    • How dare you reinforce factual information to the masses that strive for every neighborhood to remain the same as it ever was. Gang signs, drive bys, murder, graffiti, chain link fences and yards full of half repaired pickup trucks.
      Drew street should be what we strive for if you’re a humanitarian.

  2. Is there really that much crime in Elysian Park/Solano Canyon or are the numbers high because of crime on Dodger Stadium property during games and events? Any chance on following up on those numbers? Otherwise it says Elysian Park is not a safe place.

    • The statistics as shown are not really very useful, they are mainly at the curiosity level of interest. To be useful, you at minimum need to have the breakdown of specific crimes.

      No, Dodger-Solano-Elysian area is not as crime-ridden as these statistics would suggest — in fact, the Dodgers are the highest rate of crime in those statistics. Dodger Stadium does and always has had a very high rate of theft from cars, smash and grab, you will see plenty of broken car glass around the area. That doesn’t mean anything about the surrounding Solano Canyon or Elysian Park.

      And many of these crime numbers above can be very minor incidents — from these statistics you can’t tell if they are all murders or simply someone caught shoplifting a single item from 99 Cents Only Store.

      Interesting that Silver Lake, the heart of gentrification, has one of the highest increases in crime of all, and that East Hollywood, yet to be gentrified, has one of the larger decreases. But of course, such a comparison is useless too — you have to look at trends overtime and what those crimes are, that makes all the difference. A one-year blip one way or the other means nothing. Be very careful with statistics, especially taking them out of context (we have no context for these) they are the most wildly and widely used thing to manipulate people. There is an old saying: Liars figure, and figures lie. Be very careful about reading too much into a single year’s statistics. In fact, be VERY careful about presuming statistics to be factual, their very compilation often is manipulated, and these are not immune from that.

      • Think you’re not reading the data correctly. The reveal is in the % change from year to year. That’s significant.

  3. Do Silver Lake’s numbers include stats from the fashion police?

  4. Keep in mind these are only the reported crimes. Please report any crime so they can keep track, despite nothing else coming out of it. this will increase patrolling if all crimes are actually recorded…..

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