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Part I Crime Rate Down 2.67 Percent in Palmdale in 2017; Crime Rate Finishes Year at 210

PALMDALE – The City of Palmdale and Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (LASD) Palmdale have announced a 2.67 percent decrease in the number of Part I crimes reported for all of 2017 resulting in a crime rate of 210 crimes per 10,000 population for the year.

The drop represents a continuous downward trend that began with a crime rate of 467.71 in 1996. The City of Palmdale set a goal to push the crime rate below 300 by 2009, which proved to be successful. The rate continued to move down, falling below 300, eventually resulting in last year’s rate of 216.

When compared to the overall numbers of 2016, crime fell in most categories. Violent crimes against persons (homicide, rape and assault) were down 2.34 percent, including a 50 percent reduction in homicides. Property crimes were down overall by 2.72 percent, with burglary was down 5.26 percent, robbery down 2.25 percent. Arson showed a decrease of 14.71 percent. Thefts were down overall 3.02 percent, with the exception of auto thefts, which

were up 3.08 percent.<