Originally posted on CBS Los Angeles:

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LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Property and violent crime in the city of Los Angeles were down for the 10th consecutive year in 2012, the city’s mayor and police chief said Monday.

KNX 1070’s Pete Demetriou reports Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and Police Chief Charlie Beck attributed the drop to aggressive hiring practices in the face of mounting budget deficits.

The city saw a 1.4 percent drop in crime from 2011, with 298 murders citywide – the third consecutive year that the number of homicides in the city remained below 300 – down from 1,096 murders a year two decades ago.

“Violent crime, the thing that people worry about most, the thing that most affects all of us, down 8.2 percent this year as compared to last,” Villaraigosa said.

The mayor added that in addition to the efforts of the LAPD, the key is a refusal to…

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