CRIME RATE DOWN IN SAN DIEGO; VIOLENT CRIMES FALL SHARPLY

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Gang-related homicides down 60%

August 3, 2010 (San Diego) – The City of San Diego had a 3.8% decrease in crimes in the first six months of this year. Violent crimes fell 4.6% decline in violent crimes including murder, rape, robbery and aggravated assault. The murder rate fell by one-third (33%), while robberies dropped over 11% and vehicle thefts fell nearly 16%.

 

If the rate continues through year’s end, it will mark the seventh straight year of crime reduction in San Diego. Despite tight budgets, response times to priority calls also became faster. SDPD Chief William Lansdowne announced.

 

“Some very targeted interdictions help get word out that this is not the place for crime,” Lieutenant Andra Brown told East County Magazine. She attributed those efforts to a 60% drop in gang-related homicides and a 100% fall in attempted homicides. Gang-related drive-by shootings fell 16.7%. Overall gang-related crimes rose slightly (2.4%), though violent gang crimes had dramatic decreases. While most crime rates fell, cases of rape rose 1.3% due to two more rapes than the same period the prior year.

 

Another key factor behind the drop in crime has been increased use of technology. “This allows us to work smarter instead of harder, so we can be more efficient even though we have some lower staffing levels,” Brown said. “We are also attributing quite a bit to cooperation from citizens and the community. People are being quicker to call us, so we can do preemptive action.”

 

The Department has also freed up officers’ time through Citizens Online Reporting, a program that allows crime victims to report certain crimes online 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, such as identity theft, petty theft, vehicle vandalism, annoying or harassing phonecalls, and auto burglaries with loss or damage under $5,000. The process also speeds the ability of crime victims to get police reports filed and obtain insurance settlements for damages, Brown noted.
 


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