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Friday December 31st, 2010 :: 12:40 p.m. PST

AV Crime Reduced AGAIN in 2010 - The Antelope Valley Crime Fighting Initiative (Photos included)


Crime in the Antelope Valley has again been reduced for the third consecutive year thanks to the outstanding partnerships between community members, public officials and the deputies of the Lancaster and Palmdale Sheriff’s Stations of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

On the last day of 2010, the overall reported crime rate was 31% less than it was in 2006, and it was the fewest number of serious (Part I) recorded crimes in the Antelope Valley since the 1990's.

(The crime "rate" is the number crimes per 10,000 people. The Antelope Valley crime rate was 268, which is 31% less than in 2006. This is less than 9,900 serious (Part I) crimes being recorded. At the end of 2006, the overall crime rate for the Antelope Valley was 390 (Lancaster Station was at 420 and Palmdale Station was 360), with 13,425 Part l crimes recorded.)

Community frustration is prior years over rising crime led to an important Town Hall meeting where over 3,000 residents attended to voice their concerns. From that meeting, Sheriff Lee Baca and local public officials committed additional sheriff’s deputies and resources for the Antelope Valley, to assist the local sheriff’s stations and communities.

The overall goal was to reduce the Valley’s crime rate to below 300.

In March of 2007, the Antelope Valley Crime Fighting Initiative (AVCFI) was established in order to coordinate the new resources and crime reduction efforts.

Since 2006, valley-wide homicides have declined 51% (19 homicides valley-wide in 2010 compared to 39 in 2006), overall violent crime has been reduced 23%, and property crimes are down 28%.

The declines in crime within the two cities is equally impressive. With only a few hours left in the 2010, the city of Lancaster is holding onto a crime rate of 299 (34% less than 2006), and the city of Palmdale’s crime rate is at 271 (26% less than 2006). Both sheriff’s stations will release their individual 2010 crime statistics in January 2011.

None of these achievements over the last several years would have been possible without the tremendous collaboration among the valley’s law enforcement agencies, the political support from the city and county representatives, and most importantly the involvement of proactive residents living within the Antelope Valley.

Sheriff Baca and the deputies of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department made a commitment to the Antelope Valley in 2007, the valley accepted the challenge, and the goal of an increasingly safer valley is being achieved.

Sheriff Baca said, "This great partnership continues to make the Antelope Valley a safer place to live. We are all committed to continue to work together, with public safety as our priority."

Congratulations to everyone who has unselfishly contributed to making the Antelope Valley a better place to live, work, and play. Enjoy a safe and Happy New Year!

Anyone with information about any crime is encouraged to contact the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, Palmdale Sheriff’s Station at (661)-272-2400 or Lancaster Sheriff’s Station at (661) 948-8466. If you prefer to provide information anonymously, you can call "Crime Stoppers" by dialing 800-222-TIPS (8477), texting the letters TIPLA plus your tip to CRIMES (274637), or using the website


Prepared by

Lieutenant Bob Jonsen, Coordinator
Antelope Valley Crime Fighting Initiative
Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department
(323)627-8137 cell

Sheriff's Headquarters Bureau (MJP)
Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department
(323) 267-4800

LASD Detailed Crime Statistics

Over 100 pages of details showing reported crime statistics for the unincorporated communities and 42 contract cities policed by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department can be found at Visit the "Crime Prevention and Information" page or access them directly at

These include preliminary crime data for Jan.-Nov. 2010 compared to 2009 and compared to five years ago (2005). Reported crimes for each sheriff's station and city include homicides, robberies, burglaries, etc. (To review the statistics, open the file, right click with your computer mouse and use the search engine.)

(Special attention to pages 25 and 29 for Lancaster and Palmdale Stations)


See 1960-2009 crime charts and statistics at


For more info. on the award-winning Antelope Valley Crime Fighting Initiative:

* Winner - 2010 James Q. Wilson Award For Excellence in Community Policing

* The Antelope Valley Crime Fighting Initiative recognized as Webber Seavey Award Semi-finalist:

Webber Seavey Award Semi-Finalist, International Assn. Of Chiefs of Police
October 2010 (Page 12)


* The Antelope Valley Crime Fighting Initiative recognized as Webber Seavey Award Semi-finalist

* 43 Pasadena-area gang members arrested today in Antelope Valley

August 10, 2010


* Down Again! Palmdale’s Crime Rate Continues to Drop
July 20, 2010

* L.A. strategies slash gang crime: Gang crime falls in Antelope Valley
June 13, 2009, Antelope Valley Press

* Lancaster Crime Rate Plummets Again in 1st Quarter; Crime Rate Down 22. 7% for First 3 Months of 2009
04/28/2009, City of Lancaster

* Crime drops 10% in Antelope Valley, L.A. County sheriff says
Jan. 22, 2009

* City of Palmdale - Neighborhood Watch

* City of Lancaster - Neighborhoood Watch

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Leroy D. Baca, Sheriff
Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department


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