San Diego County violent crime
A new report from SANDAG shows the regional violent crime rate in the first half of 2007 is at a ten-year low.
The SANDAG Criminal Justice Research Division has released Crime in the San Diego Region: Mid-Year 2007 Statistics which details information regarding how many and what types of crimes were reported to local law enforcement agencies in the first half of 2007 and how these numbers compare to prior years.
The overall violent crime rate for the region decreased three percent in the first half of 2007, compared to the same period in 2006. Likewise, the region’s mid-year property crime rate also showed a one-year decrease of three percent — bringing it below 30.0 crimes per 1,000 residents (to 29.47) for the first time since 2001. These data are useful to local law enforcement agencies as they track the effectiveness of their prevention and response efforts on jurisdictional and regional crime rates. Other statistics found in the report:
SANDAG obtains crime data from every law enforcement agency in the county. Crimes are categorized according to the FBI’s standardized Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) guidelines for law enforcement agencies across the country. Reported crimes are tallied in ARJIS (Automated Regional Justice Information System) according to the date of data entry, which may or may not reflect the day of occurrence.
The statistics presented in this report include crime rates and numbers for San Diego County and individual jurisdictions for the first half of 2007. Comparisons are made to prior years. The number and type of crimes that are reported can be influenced by several factors, including the degree of opportunity to commit crimes in a given jurisdiction, which can be related to the amount of commercial land use and ease of access to the area. Crime statistics for January through December 2007 are expected to be available in April 2008.
More information is available at www.sandag.org/cj.