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Most major crimes up in Santa Clarita Valley

Year-to-date comparisons show criminal homicide down

Posted: December 7, 2012 7:13 p.m.
Updated: December 7, 2012 7:13 p.m.
 

Criminal homicides declined from six to none in the Santa Clarita Valley during the first 11 months of 2011 compared to 2012, but forcible rape was up 72 percent during the same time period and all other major crimes except arson were also up, according to Sheriff’s Department preliminary statistics released Friday.

However, compared to the same time period five years ago, all crimes were down in the Santa Clarita Valley through November 2012 except forcible rape.

The monthly crime summary released late Friday tracks so-called “Part 1 crimes,” which include homicide, forcible rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, larceny theft, grand theft auto and arson.

Part 1 crimes were up 7.6 percent in the Santa Clarita Valley during the first 11 months of 2012 compared to the end of November a year ago but down 33.4 percent compared to five years ago, the crime summary said.

Throughout Los Angeles County, criminal homicide and grand theft auto declined during the first 11 months of 2011 compared to the same time period in 2012, but all other major crimes were up, according to the crime summary.

Violent crimes were up 2.94 percent countywide in November 2012 compared to November 2011 and property crimes were up 4.33 percent. The biggest jump was in larceny theft, which was up 6.15 compared to last November countywide.

Criminal homicide was down 3.7 percent and grand theft auto was down .24 percent countywide.

While Part 1 crime numbers were up over the past year for other crimes, all were down compared to the year-to-date November numbers from 2007, the summary indicated.

Violent crimes were down 23.96 percent compared to five years ago and property crimes were down 14.65 percent countywide.

In the Santa Clarita Valley:

- No criminal homicides were reported through November this year compared to six reported through November last year and eight reported through November 2007.

- Forcible rape saw a 72 percent jump from November last year, with 22 reported through November 2011 compared to 38 reported through last month. The number reported through November 2007 was 30.

- Robberies were up more than 12 percent through November 2012 compared to November 2011 but down more than 28 percent compared to November 2007.

- Aggravated assaults were up 22.8 percent through November 2012 compared to November 2011 but down 6.2 percent compared to November 2007.

- Burglary was up 7 percent at 852 incidents through November 2012 compared to 796 last year but down nearly 20 percent from five years ago, when the number stood at 957.

- Larceny theft was up 3.2 percent through November 2012 compared to November 2011 but down more than 38 percent compared to 2007.

- Grand theft auto was up 28.3 percent through November 2012 compared to November 2011 at 340 incidents but down 43 percent compared to November 2007, when the number stood at 537.

- Arson numbers registered flat in November 2012 compared to November 2011 at 31 incidents reported each year. The number for 2007 stood at 47 through November.

 

 

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