SANDAG report: Some parts of San Diego County see surprising jump in crime rate

County has 2nd-lowest violent crime rate in 30 yrs

SAN DIEGO - Crime rates around some parts of San Diego County are down, according to a new report obtained by 10News.

According to a report put together by the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG), there has been a 1-percent drop in crime in the city of San Diego, but some cities saw otherwise.

The report showed Chula Vista and Oceanside saw a 2-percent increase, while crime in El Cajon and Solana Beach rose 12 percent.

While 4S Ranch looks like a quiet, idyllic community, the North County neighborhood had a 26-percent jump in crime last year.

Still, the overall feeling in 4S Ranch seems to be that it's a safe place.

"We always feel safe and we're always confident that if we're not around, someone is always keeping an eye out for us," said 4S Ranch resident Jason Huntley.

SANDAG says countywide crimes rates overall dropped last year.

"It was back down 5 percent; so it was the second-lowest crime rate in 30 years," said Cynthia Burke, Ph.D., of SANDAG.

Broken down, the county had 72 homicides in 2013 -- that was down 33 percent from 2012 when the county had 107 homicides.

Almost 90 percent of the crime in San Diego County is property related, which includes burglaries, larceny thefts and car thefts.

However, even though the numbers show crime is up in 4S Ranch, it is still considered one of the safest communities in all of San Diego.

In 2012, 4S Ranch had 7.37 crimes per 1,000 people. Last year, that number increased to almost 10 crimes per 1,000.

"The statistical jump, that seems big, but relatively speaking, I don't sense at all that there is any crime problem," said Huntley.

In fact, despite the percentage increase, 4S Ranch actually still has the lowest crime rate in the county.

SANDAG and Burke send this reminder to everyone: "Fifty-four percent of burglaries that happened last year were no-force entries. Someone went in through an open window or an open door."

By simply locking your house and your car, you can help keep San Diego one of the safest major cities in the country.

Overall, compared to 32 other large U.S. cities, San Diego was ranked third-safest in violent crime rates, just behind Honolulu and San Jose.

If you would like to see how your community ranks, click here for the complete 37-page report: http://www.sandag.org/uploads/publicationid/publicationid_1848_17457.pdf

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