Despite speculation regarding the possible affect the current economic situation might have on crime, the annualized regional violent and property crime rates per 1,000 population in the San Diego region were both at ten-year lows during the first six months of 2010, according to the annual report released by SANDAG.
“While this trend is not guaranteed to continue for the rest of the year, these data point toward a continued decrease in crime in spite of difficult economic conditions that have caused concerns in some sectors that crime rates might go up,” said SANDAG Director of Criminal Justice Research Dr. Cynthia Burke.
At 3.60 incidents per 1,000 population, the mid-year violent crime rate was at a ten-year low in 2010, down 8 percent from 2009, with decreases in each of the four violent crime categories – homicide, rape, robbery, and aggravated assault. The greatest one-year change was in the number of homicides, which was down 23 percent compared to the same time last year.
At 21.57 incidents per 1,000 population, the mid-year property crime rate also was at a ten-year low, with a decrease of two percent from 2009. While there were fewer burglaries and motor vehicle thefts in the first six months of the year, there were actually more larcenies.
Other interesting findings in the report included:
Cynthia Burke, Division Director, Criminal Justice Research