Officials with the Long Beach Police Department have released the final crime statistics for the city in 2012, with results showing that violent crime occurred at the lowest rates since 1972. Violent crime as a whole decreased by more than five percent from the previous year, according to CBS Local.
Reports indicate that all forms of violent crime decreased in 2012, except for murder, which increased. However, the rate for murder was almost 15 percent lower than the five-year average for Long Beach. While violent crime decreased, police revealed that there was a large spike in the rate of property crimes, which rose 9.9 percent from 2011.