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Occupy L.A. Appears to Help Crime in City Hall Area Nearly Triple, LAPD Says

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Tue, Nov 22, 2011 at 8:00 AM

click to enlarge Occupying L.A., one tent at a time.
  • Occupying L.A., one tent at a time.
Looks like the 99 percent is good at breaking a few laws.

LAPD statistics indicate that October-to-mid-November crime around the Occupy L.A. encampment has nearly tripled, compared to the same period last year, police tell the Weekly.

The numbers include nearly three times the number of violent and property crimes for a 45-day period that started Oct. 1, police say:

There have been 27 of such "part I" crimes reported during that time, versus 10 for the same period last year, cops say.

On top of that, there have been 102 arrests versus 60 for the same time last year, according to the LAPD.

Many of those arrests, however, lean more toward the less-serious Part II category -- things like narcotics, drinking in public, being drunk in public -- cops tell us.

The crime reporting area here is bounded by Hill Street on the west, Alameda street on the east, Temple Street on the North and Second Street on the south.

Last week we told you how the L.A. County District Attorney is charging five occupiers with crimes ranging from assault with a deadly weapon to masturbating in public.

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