Statistics show that crime is down 27 percent this year in the City of Lynwood compared with 2011, authorities said Monday.

The sheriff's Century Station, which patrols the Lynwood area, reported there had been a 46.5 percent drop in burglaries and an eight percent reduction in crimes against persons during the first four months of this year.

With the end of the year approaching, the decline is continuing. From Jan. 1 to Nov. 30, crime is down 27 percent this year compared to last.

"Crimes are at an all-time low across the board,'' said Century Sheriff's Station Capt. Joseph Gooden. "The only category showing spikes is homicides; six of those were very tragic. .. The second category that shows an increase this year are car thefts. In one month alone there were 52 auto thefts.

While grand theft autos are down 42.9 percent compared to 2011's 418 stolen vehicles, from five years ago crimes in this category are up 16 percent as of Nov. 30.

So far this year there have been eight homicides, while last year there were four. But five years ago, there were nine homicides in Lynwood.

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