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.
Sunday was all about those who laid their lives on the line and with the number of veterans dwindling each year, many present at a Miramar ceremony hope to keep their memory alive.
A Navy Seal team member has died after his parachute failed to open during a Fleet Week demonstration over the Hudson River.
Metropolitan Transit System is scheduling extra service starting Monday for a three-day game series between the San Diego Padres and Chicago Cubs at Petco Park, a spokesperson said.
Veterans are being honored across San Diego County during Memorial Day weekend and dozens of Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts were among those spending their Saturday placing American flags at burial sites at the Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery.
Commencement was held Sunday for seniors at the University of San Diego, with ceremonies featuring a pair of distinguished alumni.
Cool and cloudy conditions start off Friday morning, but the sun will break through in the afternoon. Strong winds in San Diego County's deserts are also expected to ease up Friday morning.
A 30-year-old was knocked out and stabbed three times at the Beyer Trolley Station early Sunday morning, according to Officer Robert Heims of the San Diego Police Department.
A bird was responsible for an outage that left thousands without electricity Sunday, a San Diego Gas & Electric spokesperson said.
The remains of a U.S. Navy pilot killed when his plane was shot down during the Vietnam War have been brought to San Diego for burial.
In the wake of the Gate Fire, which ignited May 20, the Bureau of Land Management has issued new restrictions for Southern California counties, including San Diego.