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FBI: Violent crime rate drops in San Diego County

Reflecting national trends, crime decreased in four of San Diego County’s largest municipalities over the first six months of this year, the FBI reported Monday.

In the city of San Diego, the overall rate of violent offenses dipped 2.61 percent, and property crime dropped 18.3 percent from January through June, as compared with the same period in 2008, according to the federal law enforcement agency.

In Chula Vista, those figures went down 11.22 percent and 23.51 percent, respectively; in Escondido, they fell 21.37 percent and 1.08 percent; and in Oceanside, they declined 6.36 percent and 1.53 percent.

Nationally, the offenses that make up the violent-crime category — murder, forcible rape, robbery and aggravated assault — decreased a combined 4.4 percent, while the property crime rate — burglary, larceny and theft — dropped by 6.1 percent, the FBI reported.