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FBI Releases Preliminary Annual Crime Statistics for 2012
Violent Crime Rate Increases in San Diego, Carlsbad, Escondido, and Oceanside; Decreases Seen in Chula Vista and El Cajon

FBI San Diego June 04, 2013
  • Darrell Foxworth (858) 320-8302

According to the FBI’s Preliminary Annual Uniform Crime Report, released Monday, June 3, 2013, the nation experienced a 1.2 percent increase in the number of violent crimes and a 0.8 percent decline in the number of property crimes in 2012 when compared with data from 2011. The report is based on information the FBI gathered from 13,770 law enforcement agencies that submitted six to 12 comparable months of data for both 2011 and 2012.

Violent Crime

  • In 2012, the violent crime offenses of murder and non-negligent manslaughter increased 1.5 percent from the 2011 figures, aggravated assault increased 1.7 percent, and robbery increased 0.6 percent. Forcible rape offenses declined 0.3 percent.
  • Violent crime increased 3.7 percent in cities with populations of 500,000 to 999,999, the largest increase in the city groupings. There was a 1.0 percent decrease in violent crime in the nation’s cities with 10,000 to 24,999 inhabitants. Violent crime increased 1.2 percent in metropolitan counties and declined 0.9 percent in nonmetropolitan counties.
  • Murder and non-negligent manslaughter offenses increased in all city groups but one, with the largest increase (12.5 percent) occurring in cities with populations of 500,000 to 999,000. Cities with populations of 50,000 to 99,999 showed the only decrease of murder and non-negligent manslaughter offenses (1.3 percent). Murder and no-nnegligent manslaughter offenses declined 4.8 percent in metropolitan counties and 0.4 percent in non-metropolitan counties.
  • Cities with populations of 1 million and over in population experienced a 3.2 percent increase in forcible rape offenses. Cities with 25,000 to 49,999 inhabitants experienced a 3.5 decrease in forcible rapes. Forcible rape offenses declined 1.2 percent in metropolitan counties and increased 1.3 percent in non-metropolitan counties.
  • Robbery offenses decreased 2.9 percent in cities with 10,000 to 24,999 inhabitants but increased 2.4 percent in cities with populations from 250,000 to 499,999. Robberies increased 1.1 percent in metropolitan counties and declined 1.1 percent in non-metropolitan counties.
  • Aggravated assaults remained virtually unchanged in cities with 25,000 to 49,000 in population and declined 0.6 percent in cities with 10,000 to 24,999 inhabitants. Aggravated assaults increased in all remaining city groups, with the largest increase, 5.2 percent, occurring in cities with 500,000 to 999,999 in population.
  • Violent crime increased in three of the four regions (3.3 percent in the West, 1.3 percent in the Midwest, and 0.6 percent in the South). There was a 0.6 percent decrease in violent crime offenses in the Northeast.

Property Crime

  • Nationally, the property crime offense of burglary decreased 3.6 percent in 2012 when compared with 2011 data. Motor vehicle theft increased 1.3 percent, and larceny-theft offenses remained virtually unchanged.
  • Property crime increased 0.4 percent in cities with 50,000 to 99,999 inhabitants. Decreases of 1.0 percent in property crime were reported in cities with 25,000 to 49,999 in population and in cities with 1 million or more in population. Property crime decreased 3.5 percent in non-metropolitan counties and 2.1 percent in metropolitan counties.
  • Burglary offenses decreased in all city groups, including the largest decrease, 7.0 percent, which was reported in cities with 250,000 to 499,999 in population. Burglaries decreased 4.3 percent in non-metropolitan counties and 3.1 percent in metropolitan counties.
  • Larceny-theft offenses increased in all city groupings except those with populations of 25,000 to 49.999 and those with fewer than 10,000 inhabitants, each of which reported a 0.2 percent decrease. Larceny-thefts decreased 3.2 percent in non-metropolitan counties and 2.2 percent in metropolitan counties.
  • Motor vehicle thefts increased 4.9 percent in cities with 250,000 to 499,999 inhabitants but decreased 5.1 percent in cities with 1 million or more inhabitants. Metropolitan counties reported a 2.1 percent increase in motor vehicle thefts while non-metropolitan counties reported a 2.1 percent decrease.
  • Three of the nation’s regions had decreases in property crime in 2012 when compared with data from 2011. These offenses declined 3.5 percent in the South, 2.1 percent in the Midwest, and 1.6 percent in the Northeast. However, property crimes increased 5.2 percent in the West.

Arson

  • Arson offenses, which are not included in property crime totals, decreased 1.2 percent nationwide. Arsons declined 4.3 percent in both the Northeast and the South but increased 1.6 percent in the Midwest and 1.0 percent in the West. Below are the statistics for cities within San Diego County listed in this report with populations exceeding 100,000.

The Violent Crime rate is the sum of all offenses listed under murder, forcible rape, robbery, and aggravated assault. The Property Crime rate is the sum of all offenses listed under burglary, larceny theft, and motor vehicle theft.

San Diego—Population 1,338,477

Category

2011

2012

Change

Percentage Change

Violent Crime Rate

5,104

5,529

425

8.33

Murder

38

47

9

9

Forcible Rape

293

304

11

3.75

Robbery

1,456

1,517

61

4.19

Aggravated Assault

3,317

3,661

344

10.37

Property Crime Rate

29,709

31,700

1,991

6.70

Burglary

5,840

5,902

62

1.06

Larceny Theft

17,610

19,188

1,578

8.96

Motor Vehicle Theft

6,259

6,610

351

5.61

Arson

153

183

30

19.61

Chula Vista—Population 249,830

Category

2011

2012

Change

Percentage Change

Violent Crime Rate

670

581

-89

-13.28

Murder

6

8

2

33.33

Forcible Rape

34

33

-1

-2.94

Robbery

233

227

-6

-2.58

Aggravated Assault

397

313

-84

-21.16

Property Crime Rate

5,007

5,081

74

1.48

Burglary

807

926

119

14.75

Larceny Theft

3,316

3,153

-163

-4.92

Motor Vehicle Theft

884

1,002

118

13.35

Arson

36

26

-10

-27.78

Oceanside—Population 171,141

Category

2011

2012

Change

Percentage Change

Violent Crime Rate

620

728

108

17.42

Murder

7

8

1

14.29

Forcible Rape

58

48

-10

-17.24

Robbery

181

175

-6

-3.31

Aggravated Assault

374

497

123

32.89

Property Crime Rate

3,849

4,289

440

11.43

Burglary

792

841

49

6.19

Larceny Theft

2,704

3,003

299

11.06

Motor Vehicle Theft

353

445

92

26.06

Arson

22

19

-3

-13.64

Escondido—Population 147,386

Category

2011

2012

Change

Percentage Change

Violent Crime Rate

495

628

133

26.87

Murder

3

5

2

66.7

Forcible Rape

28

38

10

35.7

Robbery

177

206

29

16.4

Aggravated Assault

287

379

92

32

Property Crime Rate

3,210

3,887

677

21

Burglary

557

764

207

37

Larceny Theft

2,156

2,356

209

9.7

Motor Vehicle Theft

497

758

261

52

Arson

19

14

-5

-26

Carlsbad—Population 107,879

Category

2011

2012

Change

Percentage Change

Violent Crime Rate

210

265

55

26

Murder

4

2

-2

-50

Forcible Rape

11

26

15

136

Robbery

35

55

20

57

Aggravated Assault

160

182

22

13.8

Property Crime Rate

1,970

2,109

139

7

Burglary

468

497

29

6

Larceny Theft

1,375

1,463

88

6

Motor Vehicle Theft

127

149

22

17

Arson

2

7

5

El Cajon—Population 101,864

Category

2011

2012

Change

Percentage Change

Violent Crime Rate

529

365

-164

-31

Murder

2

2

0

0

Forcible Rape

28

24

-4

-14

Robbery

187

147

-40

-21

Aggravated Assault

312

192

-120

-38

Property Crime Rate

2,468

2,414

-54

-2

Burglary

603

493

-110

-18

Larceny Theft

1,443

1,527

84

5.8

Motor Vehicle Theft

422

394

-28

-6

Arson

14

15

1

7

For definitions of the offenses presented in this release and collected for the accompanying report, please see offense definitions from Crime in the United States, 2011.

The complete Preliminary Annual Uniform Crime Report is available exclusively here.