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SCV crime up in unincorporated areas, down in city

Posted: November 14, 2013 6:12 p.m.
Updated: November 14, 2013 6:12 p.m.

Crime in the city of Santa Clarita dropped by just over 1 percent compared to last year but rose 36.5 percent in Santa Clarita Valley’s unincorporated areas from November 2012 to the end of October 2013, according to a county report released this week.

Crime statistics for November 2012 to October 2013 were released Wednesday by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department for all county stations, including the local one, which patrols both the city and unincorporated areas of the valley.

“The Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station is happy to report that crime within city limits is down, and deputies are working hard to lower the crime rate in the unincorporated areas we serve, as well,” said Deputy Josh Dubin of the Santa Clarita Sheriff’s Station.

Across the entire Santa Clarita Valley, crime statistics have shown a gradual upward trend these past two years as the community moves beyond a 25-year record low crime rate, according to county figures released this week.

Local figures show a 9.42 percent increase valley-wide in crime compared to November through October last year.

To put it into perspective, Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Capt. Paul Becker told The Signal in January that the gradually rising numbers must be weighed against three years of the lowest crime rate seen locally in a quarter of a century.

The latest figures for the entire Santa Clarita Valley reflect the same overall trend away from the record-low crime rates enjoyed three years ago.

Looking at the same numbers for November through October across the last five years offers a different perspective. Crime in the Santa Clarita Valley has dropped in all areas except burglary for the last five years. Statistics show a 2.22 percent increase in burglaries during that time.

Comparing November to through October last year to the same time period this year, no homicides were logged. As of Halloween this year, three homicides have occurred in the Santa Clarita Valley, according the report.

By this time last year, local detectives were investigating 28 incidents of forcible rape compared to 24 investigated now.

The number of robberies reported during that time period last year remains the same, with 91 cases in 2012 compared to 92 so far this year. Incidents of grand theft auto also remained virtually unchanged, with 255 incidents last year and 258 this year.

Aggravated assaults have dropped from 235 investigated this time a year ago to 208 cases this year.

The number of burglaries and larceny thefts reported, however, jumped by more than 29 percent and 75 percent, respectively, compared to this time last year.
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