Masked Crime In LA Spikes In The Age Of COVID-19 – CBS Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – A new report found that masked crimes have increased dramatically in Los Angeles in a climate where face covering has become the norm in public facilities.

Figures collected from records by the Los Angeles Police Department by the USC’s nonprofit Crosstown Initiative showed that 1,164 crimes involving a suspect were masked between January 1 and October 31.

During the same period in 2019, there were only 200 such crimes per Crosstown. This corresponds to an increase of 482 percent.

27% of the masked crimes were burglary and 22% were robbery or attempted robbery, reports Crosstown. 11% involved attacks or attacks with a deadly weapon.

The highest number of masked crimes occurred in June at 205.

The neighborhood with the highest number of masked crimes is Westlake at 61. Hollywood, which had no masked crimes in the same period in 2019, had at least 27 this year, according to Crosstown.

For the full report, click here.

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