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SANDAG report shows variations among communities for first half of 2019

East County News Service

September 14, 2019 (San Diego) -- Violent crime rates in San Diego County are up slightly compared to the same time in 2018, but property crimes dipped during the same period, according to a new report released by the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) Criminal Justice Research Division. Read the full report

The report also includes the four-year trend for each local city as well as major communities in the unincorporated area. Among our inland communities, La Mesa had the biggest drop in crime – a whopping 39% decrease since mid-2015. Other inland areas with substantial reductions in crime include Escondido (-24%), Valley Center (-16%), Ramona (-14%),   Santee (-11%) Alpine (-9%) and Lakeside (-7%).

Lemon Grove had the highest increase in its crime rate – a 24% rise since mid-2015, followed by El Cajon (8%),  Spring Valley (3%) and Poway (2%). See all local communities’ four-year trends in the chart below:


Countywide, from January to June 2019, an average of 31 violent crimes and 150 property crimes a day were reported to law enforcement across the region. Here’s a breakdown of violent crimes in San Diego for the first half of 2019:


  • 38 homicides – two fewer than in the first half of 2018
  • 539 rapes were reported, compared to 604 the first six months of 2018
  • Robberies and aggravated assaults were both up – Five percent and one percent, respectively
  • 11 jurisdictions in the region had a higher violent crime rate for the first six months of 2019


Domestic violence, which can include violent and property crime, was down two percent from 2018. Reported arsons were also down 28 percent, from 190 in first half of 2018 to 136 in first half of 2019.


“While the San Diego region remains a very safe place to live overall, it is important to remember that some crimes are not reported to law enforcement and some neighborhoods may have spikes in crime not reflected here,” said SANDAG Division Director of Criminal Justice Dr. Cynthia Burke. “It remains important that we as a community continue to look out for another and to report crime that occurs to our local police department or Sheriff’s station.”


Other notable findings in the newly released SANDAG report: 


  • Reported burglaries were down seven percent, larcenies down one percent, and motor vehicle thefts decreased by two percent
  • While petty theft (value $400 and less) was down three percent, grand theft was up two percent
  • 17 jurisdictions had a lower property crime rate in the first half of 2019 


Since 1980, SANDAG has reported crime statistics for the San Diego region through a cooperative agreement with local law enforcement agencies. These data are used by local law enforcement, policy makers, and the community to track public safety over time, as well as the effectiveness of crime prevention and response efforts.



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