Crime rates reach 25-year low

Del Mar sees small increase with new reporting system

Del Mar’s crime rate increased by 14 percent from 2008 to 2009, meaning there were 28 more incidents reported in 2009 than in 2008.

That’s according to the San Diego Association of Government’s annual crime bulletin, released Monday.

Overall, Del Mar’s crime rate has decreased 23 percent since 2005, when there were 276 reported incidents versus the 215 incidents reported last year.

Reports of violent crime increased in Del Mar from 2005 to 2009, from 10 incidents in 2005 to 20 in 2009. However, Encinitas Sherriff’s department crime analyst Jeffrey Vandersip said the difference could be misleading because in 2009 the department implemented a new categorizing system that changed the way assaults are reported.

“Now we create charges for aggravated assault more frequently than we used to,” he said.

Del Mar, with a population of roughly 4,500, is the county’s smallest city. Its crime rate was 46.83 per 1,000 residents in 2009. It was 60.89 per 1,000 residents in 2005, again with the different reporting methods.

Vandersip said Del Mar’s crime rates are inflated because of the city’s small population. He said the fact that crime occurs on the Del Mar Fairgrounds, which adds zero to the population, is part of the reason.

“I like to use the raw numbers rather than percentages because they give a more accurate look,” he said.

There were 173 property crimes reported in 2008, and 195 reported in 2009. In 2005, 266 property crimes were reported. Vandersip said the major crime in Del Mar is theft from people breaking into vehicles. Councilwoman Crystal Crawford said this report should act as a reminder for people to not leave valuables in their car and for beachgoers to not hide their keys under bumpers.

“That’s the first place a petty thief is going to look,” she said.

The recent spate of vehicle break-ins all over North County took place in 2010, so were not reflected in this report. Vandersip said depending on whether the car was unlocked or physically broken into would effect whether it is part of next year’s calculation.

The San Diego region’s violent and property crime rates reached a 25-year low in 2009. Countywide, there were 4.03 incidents of violent crime per 1,000 residents, and 21.97 incidents of property crime per 1,000 residents. The report states that despite a deep economic recession, there were also 25-year lows in burglary, larceny and motor vehicle thefts.

Related posts:

  1. Solana Beach sees decrease in crime rates
  2. SANDAG: Violent crime hits 25-year low
  3. Dip in violent crime in county reported
  4. Overall crime rate in 2009 down in San Diego County
  5. Crime rate down

Short URL: http://www.delmartimes.net/?p=2880

Posted by on May 6, 2010. Filed under Archives. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can leave a response or trackback to this entry

Leave a Reply

Archives

Facebook

Bottom Buttons 1

Bottom Buttons 2

Bottom Buttons 3

Bottom Buttons 4

Bottom Buttons 5

Bottom Buttons 6

LA JOLLA NEWS

RANCHO SANTA FE NEWS

RANCHO SANTA FE NEWS

RSS RANCHO SANTA FE NEWS

  • Community input received on proposed health club and pool facility in Rancho Santa Fe
    About 100 Rancho Santa Fe residents showed up on Friday, Oct. 17, for a health club and pool community meeting, the last outreach before ballots were mailed on Monday, Oct. 20. On the ballots, members are being asked whether the Rancho Santa Fe Association should spend $350,000 on a professional planning phase for the potential new community amenity. RSF Ass […]
  • Czech violin duo to perform at Village Church in Rancho Santa Fe
    In cooperation with the Consulate General of the Czech Republic, the Czech School San Diego hosts a free classical violin concert by internationally recognized Czech violin player Jaroslav Svecený and his daughter, Julie Svecená, who are on a tour of the United States. The concert will be at 7 p.m. Oct. 27 in the Village Church. The father-daughter duo will […]
  • Rancho Santa Fe weekly sports update
    Torrey Pines defeated Canyon Crest Academy 4-3 in a Palomar League opener for both teams on Oct. 9. Alayna Tomlinson and Farah Farjood each scored two goals to lead the Falcons. Samantha “Sammy” Cirino added one goal and one assist. […]