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Violent crime rose almost 8% in Long Beach last year, police say • Long Beach Post News

Violent crime rose almost 8% in Long Beach last year, police say • Long Beach Post News

Violent crime increased in Long Beach last year, driven by a spike in serious assaults that included an ongoing rise in the number of shootings across the city, where the COVID-19 pandemic continued to touch nearly every aspect of residents’ lives.7% jump in violent crime, the Long Beach Police Department said in a statement Monday night.Long Beach saw 36 murders in 2021, the same as in 2020, police said.“While most major cities in our country experienced an increase in murders compared to 2020, the murder rate in Long Beach did not increase,” said newly-elected Chief of Police Wally Hebeish in a statement Monday.

Compared to the five-year average starting in 2016, murder has increased about 19% in Long Beach.Despite this, the number of slayings in Long Beach is only a fraction of what it was in the 1990s when the city could record more than 100 homicides in a year.

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