After 30-Year Low, Crime Swings Up

SANDAG report sees uptick in homicides, rapes, robberies and aggravated assaults

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    San Diego’s violent crime rate is increasing after a record 30-year low, according to new data released by the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG).

    Compared to this time last year, the county’s violent crime rate is up about 8 percent. There were more homicides, rapes, robberies and aggravated assaults, as well as more property crimes, the SANDAG report stated.

    Crime Swings Up in San Diego

    [DGO] Crime Swings Up in San Diego
    Sheriff Bill Gore tells NBC 7 reporter Gene Cubbison about what authorities are doing in response to an 8 percent spike in violent crime. (Published Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012)

    The rate is equitable to an average of 32 violent crimes reported every day. Last year, there was an average of about 29.

    Click here for an analysis of the crime data from local law enforcement authorities.

    It’s too early to tell if the uptick is temporary, or the beginning of an alarming trend, said SANDAG Director of Criminal Justice Research Cynthia Burke.

    Burke cautioned against attributing the crime increase to any one cause.

    “We have enjoyed historic lows in crime rates over the past decade, so it’s not entirely surprising that the numbers are now going up,” said SANDAG Director of Criminal Justice Research Cynthia Burke in a statement.

    In the first half of 2012, there were 61 homicides in San Diego County. The number of rapes increased 26 percent over the past year, though at least part of it may be the result of new federal definitions of rape.

    There was also a 6 percent jump in robberies and a 9 percent jump in aggravated assaults.

    Click here to read the entire report with localized information on the crimes throughout San Diego County.


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