LOS ANGELES - City officials say the monthly homicide rate in Los Angeles has dropped to its lowest levels since 1970.
According to Police Chief William Bratton and Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, who released the numbers Tuesday, 19 homicides took place in the second-largest US city in July this year. The last time a monthly figure was that low was March 1970, when there were 18 homicides.
Bratton says there is also a year-to-date drop in crime over last year in all categories.
Now. let's see - 19 homicides in a month... 9.95 million people... hmmm, annualised... that is .0229 per 1000 population.
Good doing indeed!
NZ for last year was (total homicides) 45, roughly (because the population is estimated at 4.5m) .01 per 1000 population.
Let's see more police on the streets!! (Note to self; I still need those police / population ratios. )