Tuesday, March 21, 2017
Decline in Reporting of Crime Among Hispanic Population NR17083maLos Angeles: Today during a press conference which Los Angeles Police Department Chief Charlie Beck attended, he voiced a concern over statistics collected by the LAPD which indicate there has been a decline in the reporting of crime among Hispanic populations. Chief Beck specifically mentioned a nearly 10% decline in the reporting of spousal abuse and 25% decline in the reporting of rape. While there is no direct evidence that the decline is related to concerns within the Hispanic community regarding immigration, the Department believes deportation fears may be preventing Hispanic members of the community from reporting when they are victimized. Chief Beck wants to reiterate the importance of reporting crime to the LAPD and assure the community the focus of our investigations is to create a safer community for everyone.
During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (1-877-527-3247). Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call the L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477) or go directly to www.lacrimestoppers.org.
Tipsters may also visit www.lapdonline.org, and click on "Anonymous Web Tips" under the "Get Involved-Crime Stoppers" menu to submit an online tip. Lastly, tipsters may also download the "P3 Tips" mobile application and select the L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers as their local program.