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Los Angeles officials laud 'historic' crime drop with lowest homicides since 1966

Los Angeles officials have announced crime statistics for 2013 that show the lowest number of homicides since 1966.

Mayor Eric Garcetti and Police Chief Charlie Beck lauded the low-crime statistics in the nation's second-largest city Monday, calling the drops historic.

The decline is part of a local as well as nationwide trend over the past several years.

The city had 251 homicides in 2013, down 16.1 percent from 2012, and down 34.6 percent over the past five years. Gang-related crimes were down 17.6 percent from 2012, and down nearly 50 percent since 2008. Property crime was down nearly 3.7 percent from 2012 and dropped 16.5 percent since 2008.

Rapes were down nearly 32 percent compared with 2012 and dropped by nearly 33 percent over the past five years.

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