Solana Beach sees decrease in crime rates

Solana Beach led all cities in San Diego County with a 27 percent decrease in violent crime from 2008 to 2009, meaning there were 12 fewer incidents reported in 2009 than in 2008.

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

There were 45 reports of violent crimes in 2008 compared to 33 in 2009.

“I like to use the raw numbers rather than percentages because they give a more accurate look,” said Encinitas Sheriff’s department crime analyst Jeffrey Vandersip, adding that crime rates can sometimes be misleading because they are calculated based on population.

Solana Beach, a city with a population of roughly 13,000, saw a rate of 19.5 crimes overall per 1,000 residents. That reflects a 25 percent decrease from 2008, when there were 26 incidents per 1,000 residents. In terms of actual numbers, there were 265 crimes in Solana Beach in 2009, compared to 352 in 2008.

Across the county, the report shows the 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.

Vandersip said the most common crime in Solana Beach is theft from vehicles.

There were 307 reported property crimes in 2008, compared to 232 reported in 2009. In 2005, there were 312 reports of property crimes.

Both the Eden Gardens gang-related melee and the spate of vehicle break-ins all over North County occurred in 2010, and therefore were not reflected in this year’s report.

Vandersip said depending on whether the car was unlocked or physically broken into would affect whether it is part of next year’s SANDAG calculation.

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  5. FBI reports decrease in county crime

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