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Sheriff's report: SCV crime down in 2008

Posted: August 6, 2008 3:39 p.m.
Updated: October 7, 2008 5:02 a.m.
 
The latest crime statistics released today by the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station reveal an overall drop in almost all crimes in the SCV during the first half of this year.

Local sheriff number crunchers dubbed their latest crime report: "Nearly All Crime Drops First Six Months of 2008."

The statistics show a "significant overall reduction" for all major crimes compared with the same six-month period last year.

Among those crimes deemed "major" by the department are forcible rapes, robberies and felonious assaults, which statistics show as being reduced by almost six per cent overall.

Those figures broken down reveal that violent crimes decreased by almost five per cent in the city of Santa Clarita and decreased by nearly eight per cent in the unincorporated parts of the Santa Clarita Valley.

Forcible rapes -- which the department differentiates from statutory rape charges -- were down 39 per cent, the station reports.

Business and residential burglaries, they report, declined by 13 per cent, while larceny theft, which includes car burglaries, decreased by 20 per cent.

The largest percentage drop in crime stats was reflected in the categories of homicides and arson.

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