SAN DIEGO (CNS) - Crime rates in San Diego County, including for murder, reached 30-year lows in 2010, according to a study released Thursday.
The report from the San Diego Association of Governments showed the rate for violent crimes was 3.61 per 1,000 residents last year, down from 4.01 the year before. Violent crimes include murders, rapes, robberies and aggravated assaults.
Since SANDAG began compiling crime statistics from the region's 18 cities and unincorporated county communities in 1981, the worst year for violent crimes was 9.76 per 1,000 residents in 1992.
The 67 murders last year were the lowest since the agency started keeping records.
The 2010 rate for property offenses -- like burglary, theft and vehicle theft -- was 21.04 per 1,000 residents, down from 21.89 in 2009, reflecting a seventh straight annual decrease, according to SANDAG. The dollar value of the loss was $174.1 million last year, down from 194.5 million the year before.
Property crimes hit a 30-year high in 1988, with 67.26 incidents per 1,000 residents.
"Overall, the good news continues in the San Diego region," said Dr. Cynthia Burke, SANDAG director of criminal justice research. "Crime continued to decrease in the region in spite of concerns that troubles with the economy would result in increased property crime."
To the contrary, the number of vehicles stolen was nearly half of what it was in 2007 -- 12,557 compared to 24,435, according to the study. Reported burglaries totaled 14,071 in 2010, the lowest since SANDAG started keeping countywide records, and well under half the amounts during the 1980s. The number of thefts was also down.
Burglaries and thefts were at 30-year lows.
A Mega Millions ticket with all six numbers for Tuesday's record $1.6 billion jackpot was sold in South Carolina, according to that state's lottery website.
Just days before a court hearing to reconsider the release of Alvin Quarles, known as the “bolder-than-most” rapist, two women he attacked voiced their opposition to his release into the community.
San Diego drivers can now renew their vehicle registration and license plate sticker instantly at four additional grocery stores throughout the county.
Lottery fever continues to grow across the nation almost as fast as the Mega Millions and Powerball jackpots.
Teammates in sports share a special bond, but when you combine sisters and siblings that connection becomes even closer.
It’s a reunion that has gone viral online: a San Diego woman who battled cancer and depression was reunited with her dog who went missing two and a half years ago.
A cognitively challenged young woman who went missing from a Lomita-area group home was found and reunited with her family Tuesday, authorities reported.
The San Diego City Council Tuesday unanimously pledged to build more than 1,000 total housing units for the city's homeless population by January 2021.
San Diego chillest sea lion was relaxing in a safer spot Tuesday. The adorable animal brought traffic to a standstill in Point Loma on Monday as she rolled around on Rosecrans Street.