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Crime Drops in Culver City in 2013 by 4%

Police Chief Don Pedersen says response times to calls also decreased.

Crime was down by 4 percent in Culver City in 2013 compared to 2012 statistics, the chief of police said. Patch file photo.
Crime was down by 4 percent in Culver City in 2013 compared to 2012 statistics, the chief of police said. Patch file photo.

Crime in Culver City decreased by more than 4 percent in 2013 from 2012, while violent crime was down by 30 percent, Police Chief Don Pedersen announced today.

Property crimes, which include burglary, larceny and motor vehicle theft, experienced what Pedersen called a slight decrease.

There was a 16 percent increase in calls to police in 2013 -- 36,606 in 2013 and 31,505 in 2012. However, the average response time to emergency calls dropped five seconds in 2013 to three minutes, 21 seconds. The average response time to non-emergency calls was four minutes, 41 seconds, 10 seconds less than the 2012 average, Pedersen said.

One reason cited by Pedersen from the drop in crime was the news media helping police identify suspects and keeping the public informed on public safety issues, Pedersen said.

--City News Service

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