LAPD says gang-related crime in West San Fernando Valley has spiked since 2014

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Violent gang-related crimes in the West San Fernando Valley increased 63 percent from 2014 to 2015 but held steady at nearly 290 such incidents last year, according to a new Los Angeles Police Department report.

Gang-related homicides in the West Valley, which includes LAPD’s Devonshire, Topanga and West Valley divisions, more than doubled from three in 2014 to eight in 2016, according to the report. The Topanga Division saw the sharpest increase with five gang-related homicides in 2016, up from none in 2014.

There are some 16 “active street gangs” that claim territory west of the 405 Freeway in LAPD’s jurisdiction of the Valley, including one currently under gang injunction known as Canoga Park Alabama or “CPA” in which about 375 members have been served.

Besides CPA, other active gangs in the West Valley are Bryant Street, which operates in the Devonshire Division and Reseda Southside/Westside, which operates in the West Valley Division.

The West Valley also saw 15 gang-related victims shot in 2016, down from 18 in 2015 but up from 12 in 2014, according to the report.

Overall, there were 848 gang-related crimes reported in the West San Fernando Valley in 2016, up 33 percent from 2014.

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