San Diego County’s violent crime rate rose 7 percent to 3.77 per 1,000 residents this past year. And homicides saw their greatest one-year increase: 107 homicides were reported in 2012, a 30 percent increase from 2011.
While the rate is higher than many third-world countries, it is still lower than the 278 in 1991. Our City looked at the homicide rate for the city of San Diego in our March/April issue. For the entire county, it was the first time the crime rate has increased sine 2001.
“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.”
• In 2012, there were 11,838 violent crimes reported to law enforcement in the San Diego region. The most common type was aggravated assault, which represented two-thirds of all violent crime in 2012; robbery represented 27 percent, rape 6 percent, and homicide 1 percent.
• With 69,613 property crimes reported in 2012, one in every 45 residents was the victim of a property crime, a rate still lower than it was five years earlier (when it was one in 36 in 2008).
• The total number of robberies reported across the region increased 5 percent, with upticks in all of the location types except bank robberies, which decreased 22 percent from 2011 to 2012.
•There were a greater number of residential burglaries, larcenies, and motor vehicle thefts in 2012, compared to 2011. The only exception was non-residential burglaries, which decreased 5 percent.