LA MESA --Mirroring national trends, major crimes continued to decline along the streets of The Jewel of the Hills.
Police Chief Alan Lanning appeared before the City Council recently to announce that the crime rate is the lowest since 1967 with major crimes – homicides, rape, robbery – down significantly year over year.
The chief said robberies, which had been on the increase, were down 5 percent, but were “still trending 15 percent or so above our ten year averages.’’
The chief said the department is analyzing reports for “trends,’’ which then help direct the efforts of special enforcement teams which can target problem areas. He said cooperative efforts with the trolley security forces and special efforts in the “village’’ area of town have helped combat some recent hot spots.