SAN DIEGO (CNS) - Crime increased across all major categories in San Diego County last year, but the totals remain well below 30-year highs, the San Diego Association of Governments reported Friday.
The regional planning agency released a snapshot of its annual crime report, which is due for release early next month.
The data shows the number of murders countywide in 2012 totaled 107. Though up 30 percent from 2011, that's still the 12th lowest total in the last 30 years, according to SANDAG statistics. The high during that period was 278 in 1991, while the low was 67 in 2010.
The number of aggravated assaults rose by 9 percent to 7,840 from the previous year, the sixth lowest mark in the 30-year period, but larceny and auto thefts rose by 7 percent, burglaries climbed 6 percent, and rape and robbery cases were up 5 percent, according to SANDAG.
The 3,200 robberies reported was the second-lowest total over the three decades, and the 691 reported rapes was the fourth-lowest, according to SANDAG.
SANDAG's initial data release came without comment.
In recent statements, San Diego police Chief William Lansdowne attributed a 6.9 percent crime uptick in his city to personnel cuts in his department, a transfer of state inmates to county custody and a larger transient population.
Thanksgiving could see record-setting heat in San Diego County, according to forecasters, who also reported the smashing of temperature records across the county on Wednesday.
A charity run, meals for the needy, a long-running music festival and holiday shopping are on tap for Thursday's Thanksgiving Day in San Diego.
Your living room often becomes your work space if you work from home. If you have kids, the house can be even more chaotic. Well now, more women are able to take 10-15 steps out of their home and into their "she shed."
Around 60,000 passengers are expected to pass through San Diego's Lindbergh Field daily during the upcoming holiday weekend.
Thanksgiving meals were provided to the needy around San Diego County Wednesday, one day ahead of the holiday.
A pedestrian was killed Wednesday night in a hit-and-run crash in the Mountain View section of San Diego and police detained the driver, who fled the scene on foot after the vehicle struck a house.
U.S. and Japanese ships and aircraft were searching in the Philippine Sea on Thursday for three sailors missing since a U.S. Navy aircraft crashed a day earlier.
A decomposing body found inside a 55-gallon barrel that was floating in the San Diego Bay last month has been identified.
The always-heated topic of whether to begin holiday shopping on Thanksgiving Day will be raised again Thursday, as many chain stores will open their doors around San Diego one day before the so-called "Black Friday."