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Comparing Crime Data in Silver Lake/Echo Park

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Covering those recent muggings and attacks in Silver Lake and Echo Park, the LA Times reports that while the attacks may seem to suggest a "spike in violent crime, overall crime numbers don’t support that [theory]." Using LAPD crime data, the Times reports "January and December each recorded 19 robberies. This past month and last December there were 19 violent incidents reported in the general area. Ten robberies were reported in November and 22 in October." But the paper acknowledges that the most recent incident involving that man who was beaten on Rowena Avenue was particularly alarming to locals. What's not revealed in the story is the specifics of those October robberies, for instance, information that may help everyone understand overall crime patterns in the neighborhood. [LA Times]