As we continue to navigate through the COVID-19 pandemic, the Police Department’s mission to provide public safety to our community remains a top priority. We implemented many changes over the year that allowed us to maximize our resources to deliver timely service and continue our investigative efforts to solve and prevent crime.
Our community and our nation as a whole faced many challenges in 2020. Year-end citywide crime statistics show that the pandemic may have played a significant role as crime began to shift in late spring. Similar to many major cities across the nation, we are experiencing an increase in crime here in Long Beach. While overall violent crime is down 1.4%, we experienced a 5.9% increase in murder and 18.6% in aggravated assault. Approximately 31% of murders are attributed to disputes that escalated into violence, and the increase in aggravated assaults is attributed to a rise in gun violence.
Property crime increased by 12.1% compared to 2019. The majority is attributed to a 28.9% increase in auto burglaries, a 26.2% increase in commercial burglaries, a 22.6% in garage burglaries, and a 21.4% increase in grand theft auto.
“We remain committed to serving our community, reducing crime, and continuing to build partnerships through public safety,” said Chief of Police Robert G. Luna. “As we move forward, we will continue our focus on building on our community partnerships, improving data-driven crime impact, and will also continue to look at new technology like our incoming records management system, which will allow us to better identify and impact crime trends.”
Before we outline the Department's areas of focus, we want to recognize the outstanding care and commitment our employees demonstrate to our community every day. The people we serve will remain the focus of our practices and policies, but without the sacrifices of both our sworn and professional staff, creating a safe City for all would not be possible.
Areas of continued focus for the Police Department in 2020:
As we move through 2021, we recognize economic challenges will become even more significant. Therefore, the Long Beach Police Department will remain committed to the safety and wellbeing of all residents and visitors. Public safety is a shared responsibility, and now, more than ever, we need to work with and engage our community to become our partners in reducing crime. The Department will continue to maximize technology to create efficiencies while working with our regional, state, and federal law enforcement partners as force multipliers to impact crime and enhance the quality of life in the City of Long Beach.
To view all Long Beach Police Department crime statistics: http://www.longbeach.gov/police/crime-info/crime-statistics/