Overall crime rate in 2009 down in San Diego County
The overall rates of violent crimes and property crimes in San Diego County dropped last year to the lowest level in 25 years, but robberies, aggravated assault and domestic violence edged up slightly, according to a report released Monday.
The statistics compiled by the San Diego Association of Governments show there were 4.03 violent crimes — homicides, rapes, robberies and aggravated assaults — per 1,000 residents in the county in 2009, a 2 percent decrease from the previous year.
The violent crime rate in the region in 1992 was 9.76 incidents per 1,000 people, according to SANDAG.
The number of homicides in San Diego County totaled 75 in 2009, down from 90 the previous year, according to SANDAG. The number of homicides in the region peaked in 1991, at 278.
There were 746 rapes reported in the San Diego region in 2009, a 12 percent decrease from 2008. But the number of robberies and aggravated assaults were up slightly, according to SANDAG.
The number of robberies in the San Diego region last year totaled 4,033, compared to 4,018 in 2008, according to the report. In 2009, there were 7,922 reported aggravated assaults in the county, two more than the previous year.
Reported instances of domestic violence were also up last year.
The 17,622 domestic violence cases reported to law enforcement in San Diego County represents a 5 percent increase from the previous year, according to SANDAG. It was the first rise in the number of domestic abuse cases in the past seven years.
There were 21.97 property crimes per 1,000 residents in 2009, the sixth annual decrease, according to SANDAG. Property crimes hit a 25-year high in 1998, with 67.26 incidents per 1,000 residents.
All categories of property crimes including burglary, larceny, motor vehicle theft and arson were down last year, according to the report.
The report, “Twenty-Five Years of Crime in the San Diego Region: 1985 through 2009,” looked at crime trends for the 18 cities and unincorporated communities in the county.