Bike thefts responsible for Del Mar crime increase

By Kristina Houck

Crimes in Del Mar increased nearly 16 percent last year, a trend police attributed to a spike in property theft.

During a presentation at the Del Mar City Council meeting on Monday, June 17, San Diego Sheriff’s Capt. Robert Haley said the total number of crimes in Del Mar increased from 195 in 2011 to 226 in 2012.

An increase in bicycle thefts accounts for almost one-third of the spike in crime, Haley said. Seven bicycles were stolen in 2011, and 19 were stolen in 2012.

While the overall crime rate increased in Del Mar, violent crimes decreased 6.25 percent in 2012.

Violent crimes include homicide, rape, robbery, assault, burglary, theft and auto theft. There were 16 violent crimes in 2011, and 15 in 2012. No robberies took place in Del Mar in 2012.