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Major crimes are down in SCV

Posted: February 19, 2010 10:35 p.m.
Updated: February 20, 2010 8:00 a.m.
 
Major crimes in the Santa Clarita Valley have dropped to the lowest levels since 2004, SCV Sheriff’s Station officials said Friday.

The latest statistics show a 13.8 percent drop in major crimes, which include homicides, forcible rapes, robberies and arson, when compared with the same time in 2007. The report shows that major crimes have been decreasing since 2004.

However, there have been increases in aggravated assaults and robberies in some areas of the Santa Clarita Valley, according to the report.

In the entire Santa Clarita Valley, forcible rapes were down 17.6 percent, business and residential burglaries declined by 5.8 percent and larceny theft, which includes car burglaries, decreased by 21.5 percent. The largest decreases were for homicides and arson, according to the report.

In the city of Santa Clarita, burglaries were down more than 16 percent and thefts were down nearly 22 percent. The unincorporated areas of the Santa Clarita Valley saw the most notable reductions in homicides, 87.5 percent, as well as declines in robbery and theft.

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