The city of Beverly Hills announced that overall crime in the city decreased during 2018.
Crime statistics comparing 2017 to 2018 show an overall crime reduction of 6 percent, with violent crime down 11 percent.
The city of Beverly Hills did not have a homicide in 2018. In addition, with City Council support, the Beverly Hills Police Department has added 47 new members to its ranks since 2016.
“These encouraging numbers reflect the impact of additional staffing and a commitment to geographical policing,” Police Chief Sandra Spagnoli said. “Officers are diligently patrolling the same neighborhoods and business districts every day and utilizing state-of-the-art technology to keep our city safe.”
Specifically, property crime including residential and commercial burglary, larceny and motor vehicle theft saw the most significant decline in 2018.
Spagnoli also cites the newly implemented Crime Impact Team as a contributing factor where officers and sergeants work directly with detectives to aggressively apprehend offenders and bring them to justice in a timely manner. She also credits the strong collaboration with the community for the department’s success.
“The citizens are our eyes and ears within the neighborhoods,” Spagnoli said. “I encourage residents to continue to report suspicious activity. If you see something, say something. Our ‘Community and Police Together’ motto relies on this important partnership.”
The Police Department also provided an update to the City Council on the recent independent audit of the city’s crime statistics. The results were favorable and confirmed the city is accurately reporting crime to the community.
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