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Home Burglaries, Aggravated Assaults in Your Neighborhood

With the popularity of social media apps like Nextdoor, you might think you have a good idea of what's going on in your neighborhood.

But how many crimes are actually happening where you live? NBC 7 took a closer look at home burglaries and aggravated assaults and some of the neighborhoods near the top of the lists may surprise you.

NBC 7 scoured online police and sheriff's records from April of last year to April of this year and found there were 68 home burglaries in Carmel Valley.

But that’s far from the area with the most home break-ins.

Pacific Beach residents beware -- While the coastal town is filled with people having fun, it also takes the top spot for home burglaries.

Jeffrey Hanze was arrested for burglarizing a home and allegedly sexually assaulting a woman, helping to make Pacific Beach the front runner for home burglaries over the past year with 119.

North Park isn’t just one of the hottest housing markets, it's also a haven for residential burglaries, notching 113.

And what may surprise some people, La Jolla had the third most residential burglaries with 87.

As for the city’s surrounding San Diego, Chula vista topped the list of homes burglarized -- 326 break-ins happened in the county's second largest city. The most targeted area was just west of Interstate 805 where 50 homes were hit.

In Oceanside 279 homes were burglarized. Most of them in the downtown area West of Interstate 5 where 57 houses were targeted.

Escondido had 156 homes broken into.

The unincorporated areas and cities under the protection of the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department weren't immune in this category.

In Rancho San Diego, 179 homes were burglarized followed by 131 in Vista and 89 in Santee.

Some of the same areas that showed up on the burglary list also made the list of aggravated assaults.

The construction boom on high-end high rises wasn’t enough to stem the tide of crime in East Village near Downtown.

From 51-year-old Gary Cushinberry being arrested for kidnapping and sexually assaulting a woman, to five people shot in near Petco Park on Island and 15th Street in the East Village where there were 171 aggravated assaults.

An assault outside a popular Pacific Beach hangout was one of the 91 aggravated assaults in that community. Remember, P.B. also topped the list of home burglaries.

“The aggravated assaults I can see,” said Jack Maddux. “That’s because the bars around here are kind of gnarly. But the home burglaries freak me out. I leave my house door open.”

A trio of men wanted for assaulting bouncers at a popular North Park bar helped propel the number of aggravated assaults in the area to 86 – a stark contrast to just one aggravated assault in neighboring South Park.

Two areas under the SDSO’s protection also made repeat appearances atop these crime lists. There were 327 aggravated assaults in Rancho San Diego, and in Vista, 214 people fell victim to aggravated assaults, followed by 149 in San Marcos.

“I grew up here,” said Athena Young. “You get to know everyone around you. So you'd think people like that aren't in your neighborhood.”

The good news amid all those numbers is that total violent crime countywide is down by almost 11 percent from the same time last year, and total burglaries of all kinds are down by almost 13-percent.

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