Violent Crime on the Rise in San Diego, FBI Figures Show

San Diegans also experienced an increase in property crime

By Lauren Steussy
|  Monday, Jan 14, 2013  |  Updated 4:02 PM PDT
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Violent Crime on the Rise in San Diego

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San Diego County experienced an increase in violent and property crime rates in 2012, according to new data from the FBI.

The figures compare crime in cities from the first six months of the years. In the first six months of 2012, the number of violent crimes increased 1.9 percent, compared to the first six months of 2011. 

The slight spike comes after a decrease from 2010 to 2011. During that time though, murders increased. That number appears to have gone back down though. In 2012, San Diego actually experienced a decrease in murder. 

An increase in aggravated assault and robbery offenses led to the overall increase in violent crime, according to the FBI's San Diego field office. 

The most startling increase of all the cities was in Carlsbad, where the violent crime rate increased 73 percent. There were 45 aggravated assaults and 11 forcible rapes reported. 

In Escondido, the violent crime rate increased 33 percent and property crime increased 19 percent in the first six months of 2012.

The City of San Diego's violent crime rate increased by 9.5 percent. There were 155 aggravated assaults and 42 rapes in the first six months of 2012.

Several cities saw a decrease in violent crime, though. El Cajon, for instance, experienced a decreased crime rate of 24 percent. Chula Vista's violent crime rate decreased 16 percent. 

The increase follows a nationwide trend in violent crime. The western regions of the U.S. saw a 3.1 increase in violent crime. The Midwest saw a 2.5 percent increase, the South saw a 1.1 increase and the Northeast experienced a 1.1 increase as well in violent crime. 

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