Police review annual crime report
April 26, 2012
The City of Carlsbad has always enjoyed a lower than average crime rate and a recently released SANDAG report shows the continuing trend.
On April 25, SANDAG released a “Thirty Years of Crime in the San Diego Region: 1982-2011” report, with a focus on the years 2007 through 2011. Points of interest in the report were the FBI Index crime rate, the violent crime rate and the property crime rate for the City of Carlsbad and other areas in San Diego County.
The report showed the City of Carlsbad experienced a 37 percent reduction in the violent crime rate during the years 2007-2011, the largest reduction in the county. The year 2011 showed a small increase in reported violent crime when compared to 2010, equaling an additional 15 reported crimes. Violent crime is categorized as homicide, rape, robbery and aggravated assault.
The property crime rate in Carlsbad fell 24 percent during the years 2007 through 2011. According to SANDAG, “Most crime (86%) reported to law enforcement represents property, versus violent offenses.” The year 2011 showed an 8 percent increase over 2010 in reported property crime. Property crime includes burglary, larceny and motor vehicle theft. The City of Carlsbad maintained a lower than average property crime rate during all years analyzed.
Finally, the FBI Index Crime Rate in Carlsbad showed a 25 percent reduction during the years 2007-2011, lower than the average county rate for the years analyzed. The FBI index includes homicide, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, larceny, and motor vehicle theft.
“Good policing and a community free from crime requires teamwork,” say Police Chief Gary Morrison. “To maintain a lower crime rate, it is necessary to remove the opportunity for crime.”
“Securing your home and vehicle, and removing unattended property from assessable locations is the key,” adds Police Crime Prevention Specialist Jodee Sasway. “Please take the time to practice good crime prevention methods.”
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