Violent crime and property crime rates in the San Diego region again hit new, 30-year lows in 2011, according to the SANDAG annual regional crime report.
The exception to the downward trend was homicides, which rose 22 percent from the previous year. There were 82 homicides in the region in 2011, nearly two-thirds of which occurred in the first six months. Domestic violence accounted for 30 percent of the deaths (up from 18 percent a year ago).
Thirty Years of Crime in the San Diego Region: 1982 through 2011, released by SANDAG on April 25, details crimes for all 18 cities and the unincorporated area of the county. It serves as a tool for local law enforcement agencies in gauging the success of enforcement strategies and crime prevention programs.
“Our communities remain some of the safest in the nation, reflecting in part the excellent level of collaboration and partnerships we have built across the county,” said Dr. Cynthia Burke, SANDAG director of criminal justice research. “However, with that said, recent legislation will increase the number of offenders and ex-offenders under local supervision, instead of state supervision. This shift will continue to create growing demands on law enforcement and community supervision agencies tasked with maintaining public safety at the historical lows we have had the last few years.”
Other interesting facts in this year’s report include:
• The 82 homicides in 2011 (up from 67 a year ago) was the first increase since 2006. Where motives could be discerned, three dominated: arguments, domestic violence, and gang-related incidents. Financial concerns accounted for 3 percent. Homicides peaked at 278 in 1991.
For more information visit www.sandag.org/cj.
Cindy Burke, Division Director, Criminal Justice Research