FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
CONTACT: Lt. Chris Wynn, 760-839-4700
Crime statistics for the Escondido Police Department for 2011 showed a very positive downward trend in all categories when compared to 2010. 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 December 31, 2011.
Violent crime has decreased by 17.09% as compared to the same time frame in 2010. Leading the reduction is rape which is down 24.32%. Armed robberies are down 23.86%, followed by aggravated assault which is down 16.81%. Strong armed robbery is down 11.29%. There have been 3 homicides in 2011 and there were 3 homicides in 2010 resulting in no change.
Property crime is followed the same trend as violent crime. Overall, property crimes are down 20.41%. Leading the reduction is motor vehicle theft which is down 40.12% compared to the same time period as last year. Commercial burglary is down 27.06% and residential burglary is down 23.98%. Larceny under $400 is down 17.86% and larceny over $400 is unchanged from 2010.
Violent crime and property crime combined are down 19.98% compared to 2010 year end totals.
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.
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