San Diego Crime Levels Dip, Even With A Rise In Violent Crime Rates
According to information published in April 2018 by the San Diego Association of Government Criminal Justice Research, San Diego is safer on average dates – even though instances of elder abuse in a number of other violent crime issues are on the rise.
In San Diego, property crimes hit a 38 year low level with just over 56,000 reported cases. This works out to a rate of just 17 cases per 1000 people or so, representing a tremendous decrease from the years previous.
2016 statistics (the newest available to districts for the United States as a whole) show that the US had a property crime rate of 24.51 cases per 1000 people, showing just how much safer San Diego is when it comes to these kinds of crimes.
The majority of crimes that were committed in San Diego throughout 2017 were represented by local larceny, coming in at just over 67%. Stolen vehicles made up another 17% of these property crimes, and home invasions/burglaries represented about 16% of the property crimes occurring in San Diego throughout 2017.
However, even though property crime rates have fallen right through the floor over the past two years or so in San Diego, violent crimes are up considerably.
According to that same April report we mentioned above, violent crime rose by over 2% – all the way up to 11,289 cases of violent crime being reported to San Diego police departments. This represented the fourth lowest violent crime rate since the year 1980, however, and in 2016 the violent crime rate of 3.33 per 1000 people in San Diego was much lower than the national average of nearly 4 violent crime cases per 1000 people. There were a total of eleven deadly DUI crashes in 2016 as well.
Homicide rates dropped like a stone as well, though more rapes, more robberies, and more cases of aggravated assault were reported throughout the San Diego area. Aggravated assaults ended up being the most common type of violent crime in San Diego, making up nearly 68% of all violent crimes throughout the region.
Robberies accounted for another 27% of all violent crimes, with rapes coming in at 10% and homicides only accounting for about 1% of these types of criminal actions.
Some local police and politicians made sure to mention the fact that reported cases of crime do not perfectly represent all instances of crime throughout San Diego. The National Crime Victimization Survey conducted in 2016 states that only about 36% of all property crimes and only about 42% of all violent crimes are actually reported to authorities across the United States.
The report also shined quite a bit of unpleasant news on a section of crime that goes so often unreported. Elder abuse cases have skyrocketed in San Diego over the past five years, jumping up 37% from 2013.
Police departments across San Diego are taking in this information and making concerted efforts to try and bring this level back down again. They understand just how dangerous these kinds of crimes can be, how dastardly they are, and are doing everything they can to make sure that San Diego doesn’t continue to experience these sky high rates of elder abuse.