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Imperial Beach Sees Jump in Violent Crime in First Half of 2012

A new SANDAG report shows that IB has the third highest rate of violent crime in San Diego County.

The crime rate in Imperial Beach rose in the first half of 2012 compared to the first six months of 2011, following a countywide trend, the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) announced Wednesday.

IB's 2012 mid-year crime rate fell below the average for the county, with 23.38 crimes reported out of every 1,000 residents, a 7 percent rise from the 2011 mid-year rate, but down 32 percent compared to 2008. 

The violent crime rate in IB jumped a whopping 12 percent compared to the 2011 mid-year numbers, with 70 violent crimes reported. Rapes doubled from two in 2011 to four this year, robbery rose 33 percent and larceny increased 25 percent.

Rates of aggrivated assault and total burglaries stayed about the same, while motor vehicle theft saw a sharp decline.

Unlike the city's total crime rate, at 5.26 per 1,000 residents, IB's mid-year 2012 violent crime rate is third highest in San Diego county behind Lemon Grove (6.09) and National City (6.55). The county average is 3.7 percent.

As for IB's property crime rate, it's up 5 percent from last year's mid-year rate, but down 36 percent compared to 2008.

Homicide Rape Robbery Aggravated Assault Total Burglaries Total Larceny Motor Vehicle Theft Arson Mid-Year 2012 1 4 12 53 52 148 41 0 Mid-Year 2011 0 2 9 51 53 111 64 1

Regionally, the average mid-year violent crime rate rose 8 percent, while the property rate climbed 7 percent in the year-over-year comparison, according to SANDAG. Though higher than last year's mid-year crimes rates, this year's tallies are lower countywide than any year between 2003 and 2010.

It's too early to tell if this year's uptick is temporary or if it's the beginning of a trend, according to Cynthia Burke, director of criminal justice research for SANDAG.

"We have enjoyed historic lows in crime rates over the past decade, so it's not entirely surprising that the numbers are now going up," Burke said in a statement.

According to SANDAG, a total of 5,808 violent crimes were reported to law enforcement in the county between January and June, 70 in IB.

The agency said that of the 33,599 property crimes reported countywide in the first half of this year, 241 in were in IB.

City News Service contributed to this report.

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John Galt August 30, 2012 at 04:25 PM
I expect more bad news if Prop "S" passes Prop "S" is a shi#$%^ thing for a cirty.
ibcalif August 30, 2012 at 08:16 PM
Using your logic, we should revoke all liquor licenses.
Chico&The Man August 31, 2012 at 12:18 AM
Crime is fairly rare in San Ysidro. The overall crime rate is low - below average for the city. The overall crime rate is 40.47 per 1,000 residents. That means that the average resident has a 1 in 24 chance of being a victim of a crime. The vast majority of the crime is property crime (such as theft). Only 11 percent of crime is violent crime.And the san ysidro dispensary Is still Open the only one in the south bay operating at this time they have been there for over a year now and have people from all over san diego as member's so what factual info on crime associated with collectives can IB needs us contribute ?
Victor Mele September 01, 2012 at 04:42 AM
It's a shame because there's a lot of good news buried underneath the sensationalized bad news of this story. "The violent crime rate in IB jumped a whopping 12 percent compared to the 2011". Ok, but it went from 62 to 70. So instead of there being a .23% chance for me to be a victim of a violent crime, now there's a .26% chance....yeah that .03% sure is "whopping"! And when I read that "robbery rose 33 percent" I thought WOW that's huge. But it went from 9 to 12. So I now have a .04% chance of being robbed. That's it...no more wearing jewelry on the streets for me. How about some good news that was totally buried amidst the bad? "Mid year crime rate down 32 percent compared to 2008." 32% is whopping. Or how about the fact that arson is down 100%? Ok, I'll stop with the sarcasm...... IB has a long way to go, particularly in the eyes of those that don't currently live here. In the meantime, it would be nice if our editor wasn't helping to feed the paranoia machine.

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