As of Oct. 18, Los Angeles had gone nine days without a homicide, the longest streak since 2010. This left the LAPD stunned.
"If you would have told me 20 years ago that we would go nine days without a homicide, I would have never believed it," said LAPD Cmdr. Andy Smith. According to the Los Angeles Times, the longest previous streak was 10 days, set between Aug. 30 and Sep. 8 of 2010. Smith told the Times it would be "remarkable" if the city broke that record.
The last recorded homicide in Los Angeles took place on Oct. 8, the 217th of 2013. That marked a 9 percent decrease over the same period in 2012.
New York City also went over a week without a homicide before the streak was snapped on Oct. 14. Homicides have dropped by 26 percent in New York City this year.
[via Los Angeles Times]