SAN DIEGO (CNS) - A rise in theft pushed the crime rate in San Diego County up 6 percent last year, but it remains relatively low when compared with statistics compiled over the past 36 years, according to a San Diego Association of Governments report released Thursday.
The report, ''Thirty-Six Years of Crime in the San Diego Region: 1980 Through 2015,'' states that the number of larcenies reported in 2015 was 11 percent higher than in the previous year. About a third of them involved an item being taken from a vehicle.
The number of break-ins or other unlawful entry of a structure in San Diego County fell to a 36-year low in 2015, and about half of the 10,731
reported did not involve forced entry. Burglary was the only property crime to decrease in number from 2014 to 2015, according to SANDAG.
The 84 homicides in the San Diego region in 2015 was 14 percent higher -- or 10 more -- than in 2014, although the violent crime rate has been on the
decline since 1992. But a greater proportion of the slayings stemmed from arguments and fewer were tied to gangs, according to SANDAG.
Last year, 10,938 violent crimes like homicide, robbery and aggravated assault were reported to local law enforcement agencies, which brought the rate to 3.35 per 1,000 population -- 2 percent higher than in 2014.
The overall crime rate in San Diego County in 2015 was 6 percent higher than a 36-year low in 2014, according to the annual crime report. About 85
percent of the 74,383 crimes reported to local law enforcement agencies last year were property crimes.
''Despite this year's uptick, the crime rate was still the second lowest since 1980,'' SANDAG Criminal Justice Research Director Cynthia Burke said.
''And the region still has one of lowest crime rates in the nation.''
Researchers also found the number of domestic violence incidents across the region had increased 6 percent, violent crimes against seniors were up 10
percent and auto theft was up 5 percent. However, hate crimes had decreased by 12 percent and arson was down 13 percent.
Bike riders, scooter users and pedestrians -- and bad drivers -- in Mission Beach and Pacific Beach will be targeted for safety enforcement by San Diego police Sunday.
Just a few days ago thunderstorms rolled through San Diego bringing measurable rain to the county for the first time in months. But things are about to change as strong Santa Anas are headed our way.
A man led police on a short car chase and barricaded himself in a Mission Bay motel before officers were able to arrest him Sunday.
The weekend's rainy weather was expected to quickly give way to windy conditions ripe for wildfire by late Sunday night, prompting the National Weather Service to issue a Red Flag warning for parts of Southern California, forecasters said.
An overflowing sewage line in Del Mar prompted authorities to warn visitors to stay out of the water at a section of the city's shoreline Sunday.
Authorities were searching for a suspect on Sunday following an attempted sexual assault in Little Italy.
Chase De Leo scored on the final shot of the shootout to give the San Diego Gulls a 6-5 victory over the Ontario Reign Saturday night in Ontario, their first win of the 2018-19 American Hockey League season.
Just two weeks after a shark attacked 13-year-old Keane Webre-Hayes, he received a special gift from Wildlife Officers.
Dozens of fleet footed San Diegans stepped up to fight domestic violence on Saturday as a part of the 11th Annual "Walk A Mile in Her Shoes" event.