Annual crime statistics for the region released
In 2012, both violent and property crime rates in the San Diego region increased for the first time since 2001 and 2003, respectively, according to the SANDAG annual regional crime report released April 10.
The violent crime rate (homicide, rape, robbery, and aggravated assault) rose 7 percent to 3.77 reported incidents per 1,000 residents, while the property crime rate (burglary, larceny, and motor vehicle theft) rose 6 percent to 22.15.
The number of homicides across the region saw the greatest one-year increase: 107 homicides were reported in 2012, a 30 percent increase from 2011. Over the past 30 years, homicides in the San Diego region peaked at 278 in 1991 and decreased fairly steadily to 86 in 1998. Since then, the number has fluctuated, but has not dropped below 67 (in 2010) or exceeded 130 (in 2003).
The annual report, Thirty Years of Crime in the San Diego Region: 1983 through 2012, compiles crime data from all 18 cities and the unincorporated areas of the county. The report serves as an important tool for local law enforcement agencies to track public safety trends over time and gauge the effectiveness of enforcement strategies and crime prevention programs.
“Despite the recent upswing in crime, it is important to remember that the rates we are seeing today are still among the lowest in the past 30 years,” said Dr. Cynthia Burke, SANDAG director of criminal justice research. “However, with that said, we are continuing to closely monitor the trend reversal and factors that may be contributing to it. In the past few years, there have been significant cuts in resources for crime prevention and other law enforcement efforts. In addition, recent legislation has put new strains on law enforcement by shifting an increasing number of offenders and ex-offenders from state supervision to local supervision.”
Other interesting facts in this year’s report include: