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FBI: Crime up in city

Property thefts see significant jump

Posted: June 11, 2008 2:35 a.m.
Updated: August 12, 2008 5:02 a.m.
Violent crime was down in the city of Santa Clarita last year, but the number of crimes was up a little over 8 percent, according to statistics released by the FBI on Tuesday.

According to the FBI's 2007 Preliminary Annual Uniform Crime Report, 8,334 crimes were reported in the city of Santa Clarita last year, compared to 7,696 crimes in 2006.

Reported crimes decreased in six of the 10 categories for which numbers were kept, including violent crimes, murder, forcible rape and robbery.

However, larceny thefts and crimes to property increased last year, with a 15.5 percent jump in larceny-related crimes. Property thefts increased by 9.8 percent in 2007.

A larceny occurs whenever a tangible piece of personal property is stolen. For example, an iPod stolen from a vehicle or home would qualify as a larceny. Conversely, property thefts include home or business break-ins.

Other crimes such as aggravated assault, arson, burglary and motor vehicle theft remained steady, according to the FBI. "Santa Clarita is still a very safe city," said Gail Ortiz, city spokeswoman. "As a trend, the increase in crime does not keep up with the increase in population."

While the city did not rank as the absolute safest in any of the 10 statistical categories compiled by the FBI, Santa Clarita was definitely near the top of many of those lists.

For example, Santa Clarita was among seven California cities that reported one or fewer murders within city limits in 2007. Three of those cities - Costa Mesa, Daly City and Huntington Beach - did not report any murders in 2007.

Among the statistics compiled by the FBI, reported "violent crimes" - a category that excludes murder, forcible rape and aggravated assault - dropped 5.2 percent between 2006 and 2007. In 2007, there were 372 reported "violent crimes," compared to 392 such crimes reported in 2006. The number of murders within the city limits of Santa Clarita dropped from three in 2006 to only one.

Robberies dropped nearly 13 percent, while forcible rape decreased by 14.4 percent. Two categories -burglaries and motor vehicle theft - remained largely unchanged. There was only a 0.3 percent drop in burglaries, while motor vehicle thefts dropped 2.1 percent.

The report compiled statistics nationwide for cities with populations larger than 100,000 for two consecutive years.

"Basically, because Santa Clarita is geographically located between two valleys, it is considered an affluent area," Ortiz said. "There have been crimes committed by people outside the area, mostly property-related crimes."

She added that the city is proactive in assisting residents and business owners to fight crime, while sheriff's deputies are vigilant in pursuing criminals.

"We want to be vigilant, not only in pursuing the people who are perpetrating these crimes, but also helping citizens and business owners increase awareness and take steps to be protective," Ortiz said.

Among other crime-fighting programs, the city offers monthly forums to help residents minimize crime.

The data used in the FBI study were from city law enforcement agencies, which submitted 12 months of complete information for 2006 and 2007. For the city of Santa Clarita, the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station is the law-enforcement agency that monitors crimes in the area.

The reported crimes in the FBI study occurred within the city limits of Santa Clarita; the report does not include crimes in unincorporated areas such as Stevenson Ranch, Castaic, Acton, Agua Dulce, Val Verde, Tesoro del Valle and portions of Canyon Country.


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