Report shows overall crime up

CARLSBAD — Violent crimes are down 19 percent and residential burglaries have risen 40 percent with overall crime increasing by one percent, according to first-half yearly figures released by
the Carlsbad Police Department.
From January to June 2011, the FBI recorded 987 crimes in the city, which is up one percent from 982 crimes during those months in 2010, according to Jodee Sasway, crime prevention specialist with
the Carlsbad Police Department.
A crime is categorized as violent if it is a homicide, rape, robbery or aggravated assault, according to Sasway.
The most recent numbers show that violent crimes have dropped from 95 in the first half of 2010 to 78 in the first half of 2011.
But the year-to-date chart shows there have been two homicides this year, compared with zero for year-to-date of last year.
Sasway said that very rarely is there a random act in the city, such as a homicide.
“The violent crime rate is always relatively low,” Sasway said.
Carlsbad has had a generally low crime rate on the FBI Index compared to the rest of the county, Sasway said.
But property crimes have increased, and so far this year there have been 909 as compared to last year’s 886 for the same time period.
Property crimes include burglary, larceny/theft and motor vehicle theft.
Vehicle thefts have increased 37 percent; 67 vehicles have been reported stolen so far in 2011 — up from 49 vehicles in the first half of 2010.
Non-residential burglary decreased 14 percent, but residential burglary has made the largest leap to a 40 percent increase.
There have been 139 home break-ins reported from January to June 2011, when last year there were 99 residential burglaries.
“We do tend to have an increase in the city of Carlsbad in property crimes,” Sasway said. “It’s the crime of opportunity.”
She said that residents could help prevent crimes of opportunity by locking their cars and removing items from their vehicles, such as cell phones and computers.
Concerning home burglaries, Sasway said that actions that add to the crime rate are especially during summer when some people tend to leave their windows opened and doors unsecured.

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