Crime Report: Robberies spike in La Jolla, home burglaries/assaults decline

Region’s mid-year crime rate holding steady; robberies spike in La Jolla, home burglaries/assaults decline

As of mid-year, the San Diego region’s overall crime rate, violent-crime rate and property-crime rate remained relatively stable, down 1 percent respectively, according to a report released this week by the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG).

“The relative stability in the region’s crime rates is notable, given legislative changes enacted in recent years that have resulted in more ex-offenders returning to local communities after incarceration,” said Dr. Cynthia Burke, director of SANDAG’s Criminal Justice Research Division, in a release. “There have been concerns that crime rates would rise drastically based on these changes.”

Across the region, law enforcement statistics show the violent crime rate holding relatively steady, though a few categories showed slight upticks.

A total of 5,335 Part I violent crimes were reported to local police in the region between January and June 2015, an average of 29 per day (those involving homicide, rape, robbery and aggravated assault.)

Countywide, there were four more homicides in the first half of 2015 than there were during the same period last year. So far, 43 homicides have occurred across the region, compared to 39 in 2014.

The report also found domestic violence incidents up 4 percent from mid-year 2014.

The number of aggravated assaults tracked in this report was down 6 percent from last year — which could be related to a relatively new change in how rapes are defined under the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting Program. Because of this expanded definition of rape, SANDAG says this year’s rape and overall violent crime statistics cannot be compared to previous years’ numbers.

Property crimes dropped slightly in the region, with the number of burglaries declining more than any other crime — by 13 percent. Residential burglaries dropped 11 percent, while non-residential burglaries fell 15 percent compared to mid-year 2014, according to the report.

A total of 30,449 property crimes were reported to local law enforcement agencies. Of these, 68 percent were larcenies, 16 percent burglaries and 16 percent motor vehicle thefts.

Here’s how La Jolla fared during the first six months of 2015, as compared to the same period in 2014, according to San Diego Police reports.

While there were no murders reported in La Jolla so far this year or at any time in 2014, rape reports increased from 0 to 8 during the first six months (with three reported overall in 2014).

Reported robberies in La Jolla doubled, from five to 10; though aggravated assault decreased from 23 to 18 incidents.

Also during the first six months of this year there was a decline in residential burglaries from the same period in 2014, from 83 to 58, and in non-residential burglaries, from 28 to 17.

However, thefts totaling more than $400 increased from 163 to 182, while motor vehicle thefts also increased in La Jolla from 49 to 54. — SANDAG/SDPD reports

Police Blotter

Sept. 3

Rape, 8900 block Gilman Drive, 1 a.m. A young woman visiting the area alleged a man she accompanied on several dates took advantage of her while she was intoxicated.

Fraud, 7600 block Fay Avenue, 8 a.m. Credit card ID theft

Fraud, 1400 block Park Row, 8 a.m. Credit card ID theft

Motor vehicle theft, 8500 block El Paseo Grande, 5:30 p.m.

Sept. 4

Vehicle break-in/theft, 5500 block La Jolla Boulevard, 9:30 a.m.

Residential burglary, 2500 block Hidden Valley Road, 10 a.m.

Vehicle break-in/theft, 8500 block El Paseo Grande, 10:33 a.m.

Sept. 5

Battery on person, 7800 block Ivanhoe Avenue, 8:52 a.m. Road rage incident, suspect hit victim and victim took pictures of suspect’s vehicle. No arrest has been made at this time.

Sept. 6

Vehicle break-in/theft, 500 block Arenas Street, 2 p.m.

Grand theft, 8700 block Villa La Jolla Drive, 5:16 p.m. At UC Cyclery, a customer asked to test ride a bicycle, then pedaled away without paying for the bike.

Sept. 7

Motor vehicle theft, 5400 block Calumet Avenue, 8:30 a.m.

Motor vehicle theft, 1000 block Silverado Street, 11:45 a.m.

Grand theft, 8400 block Via Sonoma, 1 p.m. Theft from the victim’s bedroom; suspect is a possible family member.

Motor vehicle theft, 7800 block Ivanhoe Avenue, 2 p.m.

Motor vehicle theft, 8300 block Camino Del Oro, 5:30 p.m.

Vehicle break-in/theft, 7500 block Cabrillo Avenue, 9 p.m.

Sept. 8

Commercial burglary, 7600 block Fay Avenue, 7:20 p.m. A window at Homegrown Meats was smashed and money taken from the register.

Sept. 11

Residential burglary, 8200 block Paseo Del Ocaso, 11 p.m.

Sept. 12

Vehicle break-in/theft, 6600 block Avenida De Las Pescas, 3:10 a.m.

Vandalism/malicious mischief, 5500 block Warbler Way, 11:15 p.m.

Sept. 13

Grand theft, 8900 block Gilman Drive, 1:40 a.m. Two locked bicycles locked to a railing at the Residence Inn were stolen from vacationers during the night.

Grand theft, 8800 block Villa La Jolla Drive, 11:40 a.m. Locked bicycle stolen from apartment complex.