Violent crime in Imperial Beach rose by 3 percent in the first half of
2013, though countywide was at the second lowest level in 10 years, SANDAG
The report showed Imperial Beach had 5.41 violent
crimes per 1,000 residents, up from 5.26 in the same period last year
and well above the current countywide average of 3.46.
There were a total of 72 violent crimes in Imperial Beach in the first half of the year, two more than in the same period last year. The crimes included one homicide, three rapes and 18 robberies.
Countywide a total of 5,431 violent crimes – homicides, rapes, robberies, and
aggravated assaults – were reported to local law enforcement between
January and June 2013. That’s an average of 30 per day, compared to
almost 32 per day during the first six months of 2012, SANDAG reported.
SANDAG said the rate per 1,000 residents was the second lowest in a decade.
turnaround in violent crime is positive news for the San Diego region.
We know from our work with our law enforcement partners that even in the
era of shrinking budgets, they have continued to direct resources to
fight the most serious crimes,” said Dr. Cynthia Burke, SANDAG's Criminal Justice Research
While violent crime was up in Imperial Beach, the city's
property crime rate fell by 22 percent to 14.21 per 1,000 residents. This was considerably lower than the countywide rate of 22.28 crimes per 1,000 presidents.
There were 44 burglaries and 53 vehicle thefts in Imperial Beach in the first six months of the year.
Countywide there were a total of 35,012 property crimes, including 6,921 burglaries and 5,652 vehicle thefts, SANDAG said.
The San Diego Association of Governments the region’s primary public planning,
transportation, and research agency. It is a joint effort by the region’s 18 cities and the county government.