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Local crime up over 2011

Rate of SCV crime lower compared to 5 years ago

Posted: August 11, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: August 11, 2012 2:00 a.m.
 

 Part I crimes rose more than 10 percent in the Santa Clarita Valley during the first seven months of 2012 compared to the rate a year ago for the same time period, according to a report from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department released late Friday.

However, the rate for those crimes designated “index crimes” by the FBI was down more than 34 percent in June 2012 compared to the rate at the same time five years ago in 2007, the Sheriff’s Department reported.

Part I, or “index” crimes, include murder, forcible rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, larceny-theft, motor vehicle theft and arson. The FBI considers those the major crimes plaguing U.S. society.

Countywide, violent Part I crime was up 4.91 percent through July 2012 compared to July 2011 numbers for the same period. Part I property crime was up 6.07 percent.

The report contained no comments from officials regarding possible causes for the crime increase this year, but some police and sheriff’s officials have pointed to the state’s so-called realignment plan — which has taken some state prisoners and placed them under county care, including releasing some under county supervision — as a possible cause.

Criminal homicide rates declined in the Santa Clarita Valley between the first seven months of 2011 and the first seven months of 2012, with one recorded year to date last year and none this year. Five were reported through July 2007.

Forcible rape was up more than 90 percent in the SCV over last year, rising from 10 reported cases during the first seven months of 2011 to 19 during the first seven months of 2012. Twenty-five cases were reported through July 2007.

The local robbery rate increased by more than 14 percent over last year, jumping from 63 to 72 cases during the first seven months of 2011 and 2012, respectively. In 2007 the number was 87 during the first seven months.

Aggravated assault was up close to 50 percent — from 131 cases last year through July to 195 this year through July. The number stood at 175 through July 2007.

Burglaries numbered 476 during the first seven months of 2011 compared to 519 in 2012 — a 9 percent jump. In 2007, 587 were committed during the first seven months.

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