A report by the Sheriff’s Department revealed that the rate of violent and serious crime has increased in Los Angeles County communities where the Sheriff is the official policing agency, which includes 42 contract cities and over 100 unincorporated communities.

The report, which included a comparison of the crime rates for the first six months of this year with the same period in 2011, indicates that overall incidents of violent crimes (homicide, forcible rape, robbery and aggravated assault) increased by 4.66 percent and serious property crimes (burglary, larceny, grand theft auto and arson) increased by 6.33 percent.

The District Attorney was right when he predicted that there would be a spike in crime as a result of the Governor’s irresponsible realignment program.  This law needs to be changed — our cities and counties are being victimized by it.

Michael D. Antonovich Is a Los Angeles County Supervisor