The overall crime rate in San Diego fell 8.1 percent in 2008, compared to the year before, marking the third consecutive year of declining crime, Mayor Jerry Sanders announced today.
There were 34.56 crimes per 1,000 residents in San Diego in 2008, compared to 37.77 the year before, according to a report released by the mayor's office.
The statistics are based on so-called "index crimes," including violent crimes such as murder, rape, robbery and aggravated assault, and property crimes such as burglary, larceny and motor vehicle theft.
Violent crimes in San Diego dropped 4.5 percent in 2008 when compared to the prior year, according to the report. There were 6,047 violent crimes reported in San Diego last year, compared with 6,331 in 2007.
Murder, robbery and aggravated assault were all down last year, but the number of rapes increased.
There were 55 homicides in San Diego last year, compared to 58 in 2007, according to the mayor's office. The number of rapes, however, increased 27 percent, from 296 in 2007 to 376 last year.
Property crimes saw a decrease last year in every category, except burglary, which rose 0.8 percent, according to the report. Overall property crimes fell 8.6 percent, from 44,167 in 2007 to 40,365 last year.
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