Escondido Crime Down Significantly for First Half of 2011

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07/11/11

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT:  Lt. Chris Wynn, 760-839-4700

Crime statistics for the Escondido Police Department for the first half of 2011 show some very positive trends.  These numbers are computed based on police reports taken by officers for various types of crimes.  The total crimes are reported to the Federal Bureau of Investigation and are used in calculating the crime rate that is released upon completion of the calendar year.  The statistics being announced today are for January 1, 2011 to June 30, 2011.

Violent crime has decreased by 30.51% as compared to the same time frame in 2010.  Leading the reduction is armed robbery which is down 58.33%.  Aggravated assaults are down 32.23%, followed by rape which is down 20%.  Strong armed robbery is down 5.36%.  There have been 2 homicides in 2011 and there was 1 homicide in 2010 during the same time period.

Property crime is following the same trend.  Overall, property crimes are down 26.8%.  Leading the reduction is residential burglary which is down 46.06% compared to the same time period as last year.  Auto theft is down 40.3% and larceny under $400 is down 25.97%.  Commercial burglaries are down 23.08% and larceny over $400 is down 2.46%.

Violent crime and property crime combined are down 27.30% compared to the same time period as last year.  The data for arrests is current through the month of May.  As compared to the same 5 month time period last year, felony arrests have increased by 16% and misdemeanor arrests have increased by 3%.  Arrests for persons under the influence of a controlled substance have increased by 26%.

These statistics are testament to the partnership the police department has developed with the community.  The police department strives to provide excellent service at every opportunity to the citizens of this community and through a collaborative effort we can continue to see positive changes in regards to crime.

 

To report any suspicious activities in your neighborhood, you may contact the Police Department directly, or you may make an unidentified call on our Anonymous Tip Line at 760-743-TIPS (8477) or via our Web site at police.escondido.org.  For breaking news releases, please follow the Escondido Police Department on Twitter at Escondido_PD.