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Central Area Weekly Update: May 16, 2009

By blogdowntown Staff
Published: Friday, May 22, 2009, at 11:00AM

Each week Captain Blake Chow, Commanding Officer of LAPD's Central Division, sends out an email to the community. Captain Chow has agreed to let blogdowntown bring his emails to our readers.

As of May 16, 2009 Central reported the following crime numbers. All numbers are YTD unless otherwise noted.

  • Violent Crime up 14 percent. (or 50 crimes more than last year)
  • Homicides are up 100 percent (2 vs 1)
  • Rapes are down 21 percent
  • Robbery is up 10 percent ( 18 more than last year or .85 per week )
  • Agg Assaults are up 23 percent (60 more than last year or 1.8 per week)
  • Total Violent Crime is up only 50 crimes from last year.

There are no patterns with respect to violent crime this week. Most of the Agg assaults were east of San Pedro and South of 5th street. Most of them involve minor injuries and the use of canes and bodily force. Many are centered around alcohol and disputes that start in the skid row area.

Robberies were spread out. Two were in the fashion district in which T-shirt shops were hit, but there is no pattern with respect to the suspects. There were four bodily force robberies in the skid row area. This is partly attributed to the warmer weather and corresponding increase in people hanging out on the street in skid row.

  • Property Crime is down 12 percent
  • Burglary is down 23 percent
  • Grand Theft Auto is down 16 percent
  • Burgl from Motor vehicle is down 9 percent
  • Personal Theft is down 10 percent

Total Part I Crimes are down 5 percent for the division. Downtown still has the lowest total numbers or crime in the City. We have been averaging about 70 crimes per week. The same weekly average from 2006 (post SCI), 2007 and 2008. Any small numerical increase lead to large percentage jumps because of the small numbers of total crime. We are showing over 100 less crimes this year than the nearest Division.


On Memorial Day we will be running the LA Marathon with the Sunshine Kids. This is a group of children who are undergoing treatment for cancer. A group of Central officers will take turns running the marathon with them. This will culminate in Chief Bratton, his wife and I crossing the finish line with them at 3rd and Flower. A medal awards ceremony with the kids will take place at Parker Center that afternoon.

Tip A Cop

Thank you for those that attended. Thank you to Petes Cafe, Redwood Bar and Grill for the generous hospitality and hosting the events for us. In all we made over 2,000 dollars at Petes Cafe and about 1,600 dollars at the Redwood Bar and Grill for the Special Olympics.


Last week I sent out a community survey. This is now available on our CPAB Website for those that wish to still complete it.

The web address is:

Sorry this went out so late, its been a busy week for us.


Captain III Blake Chow

Commanding Officer
LAPD Central Area


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