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Crime rate increases in 2013

But last year's rate is still down from five years ago

Posted: January 19, 2014 2:00 a.m.
Updated: January 19, 2014 2:00 a.m.
 

The number of reported Part 1 crimes handled by the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station in 2013 was higher than in 2012 but still significantly lower than five years ago, according to data released Friday by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

The Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station had 4,052 Part 1 crimes reported in 2013 after seeing 3,767 reported in 2012.

That amounts to a 6.6 percent increase in the local crime rate, according to the preliminary data. Since 2008, the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station has reported a 17.2 percent decrease in the area’s crime rate, according to figures.

Part 1 crimes include violent crimes such as criminal homicide, robbery, aggravated assault and forcible rape, as well as property crimes such as burglary, larceny theft, grand theft auto and arson.

The number of reported violent crimes fell from 425 in 2012 to 387 in 2013, according to the preliminary data.
Of the violent crimes reported in 2013, the majority, 236, were aggravated assault.

That number is a sharp decrease from 2012, when 286 aggravated assaults were reported, and an even more significant decline from 2008, when 341 were reported.

One crime that did jump from 2012 to 2013 was robbery. There were 119 robberies reported in 2013, versus only 104 in 2012.

The number of robberies is also still down from 2008, when 136 were reported.

While violent crimes reported to the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station are largely trending downward, with a one-year crime rate decrease of 9.8 percent, property crimes ticked up from 2012 to 2013.

Overall, there were more reported property crimes in the Santa Clarita Valley in 2013 than in 2012, with an increase of 8.7 percent for the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station from 2012 to 2013.

The number of reported burglaries jumped from 761 in 2012 to 935 in 2013, while the number of larceny thefts went from 2,221 in 2012 to 2,395 in 2013.

While the number of reported larceny thefts remains down from five years ago, the number of reported burglaries in 2013 was higher than in 2008, when 848 were reported.

The other two major areas of property crime, arson and grand theft auto, both showed decreases from 2012 to 2013 and remain significantly below 2008 levels.

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