Short answer: Lower violent crime rate than Hollywood and Fairfax, higher than Beverly Grove; lower property crime rate than Fairfax and Beverly Grove, tied with Hollywood

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In a recent six-month period, West Hollywood’s crime rate was lower than three nearby Los Angeles neighborhoods: Fairfax, Hollywood, and Beverly Grove. You can see the numbers in the chart below by hovering over or touching each bar. West Hollywood’s crime rate was 23% lower than the Fairfax district’s, 10% lower than Hollywood’s, and 7% lower than Beverly Grove’s.

Notes: For this article, the crime rate is defined as crimes per 10,000 residents per year. We calculated it by doubling the six-month crime counts, dividing by the population, and multiplying by 10,000. We used the newspaper’s numbers for crimes and population. Arson is typically included in reports from the City of West Hollywood, but doesn’t appear to be included in the newspaper’s numbers. Sources: Los Angeles Times, Crime – Mapping L.A., six-month data for September 7, 2015, to March 6, 2016, accessed on April 18, 2016, based on data from the Los Angeles Police Department and the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department; our analysis.


Violent crime rate compared

In that recent period, there were 114 violent crimes in West Hollywood. That works out to a violent crime rate of 64 per 10,000 residents per year. The rates were 112 in Hollywood, 88 in Fairfax, and 46 in Beverly Grove. West Hollywood’s rate was the second-lowest, 43% lower than Hollywood’s.

Notes and sources: Same as above

The violent crime rate can be broken down into rates for homicide, rape, aggravated assault, and robbery. Hollywood’s robbery rate was almost twice as high as West Hollywood’s and the rate of aggravated assaults was 75% higher. West Hollywood and Hollywood each had one homicide during the period. The rape rates were similar in both places, but much higher than in Fairfax and Beverly Grove.

Fairfax’s robbery rate was also almost twice as high as West Hollywood’s, but they had similar rates of aggravated assaults. Beverly Grove was safer than West Hollywood in all four violent crime categories.


Property crime rate compared

The pattern was very different for property crimes. West Hollywood and Hollywood were effectively tied for safest among the four areas. Their property crime rates were 408 and 409 per 10,000 residents per year. The rates were 521 for Fairfax and 462 for Beverly Grove.

Notes and sources: Same as above

The property crime rate can be broken down into rates for burglary, theft, grand theft auto, and theft from a vehicle. The Fairfax district’s burglary rate was about 60% higher than West Hollywood’s. Thefts were almost 30% higher and thefts from vehicles were almost 20% higher.

For Beverly Grove, the burglary and theft from vehicle rates were both about 30% above West Hollywood’s rates. Beverly Grove had a lower rate than West Hollywood for grand theft auto.

Compared to Hollywood, West Hollywood had somewhat higher rates of burglary and theft and somewhat lower rates of vehicle-related theft.


Future analyses

Future articles will look at:

  • How West Hollywood’s crime rate compares to other westside cities, which generally have lower crime rates
  • How the seriousness of crime differs between West Hollywood and nearby areas
  • How we might adjust for differences in the numbers of workers and visitors, who aren’t counted in the standard crime rate


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Short answer: Lower violent crime rate than Hollywood and Fairfax, higher than Beverly Grove; lower property crime rate than Fairfax and Beverly Grove, tied with Hollywood| In a recent six-month period, West Hollywood's crime rate was lower than three nearby Los Angeles neighborhoods: Fairfax, Hollywood, and Beverly Grove. You...