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.
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