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Some types of crime increase

• Larceny, property theft, burglary all rise in region

Posted: June 19, 2008 12:21 a.m.
Updated: August 20, 2008 5:03 a.m.

Crime in Santa Clarita Valley was down overall last year, but a peek into the details reveals an increase in several categories.

Crime in categories such as larceny, property theft, burglary and aggravated assault increased by 8.5 percent in 2007, according to a Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department report. The findings are consistent with a crime report released for the city of Santa Clarita by the FBI, The incident and arrest summary compiled by Sheriff's Department included Santa Clarita and unincorporated areas of Stevenson Ranch, Castaic, Val Verde, Agua Dulce, Acton and portions of Canyon Country.

In the eight major categories, there were 5,843 reported crimes in the Santa Clarita Valley in 2007, according to the report. Compared to 2006, there were 459 more crimes last year.

The categories were criminal homicide, forcible rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, larceny theft, grand theft auto and arson, according to the report. The FBI report, which only provided data for crimes that occurred within Santa Clarita's city limits, listed two additional categories - violent crimes and property crimes.

The Sheriff's report listed several other crime categories that were not factored into the FBI report, such as forgery, narcotics, gambling and disorderly conduct, among other.

In all, there were 22 additional criminal categories, which had a total of 6,172 crimes reported in 2007. That total was approximately 14 percent lower than in 2006, when 7,179 crimes were reported.

Vandalism (1,182 reported crimes), boating violations (1,101) and non-aggravated assault (1,063) had the three highest totals among the 22 other categories.

The Sheriff's report also included 10 "non-criminal" events, such as suicides, missing persons, accidents and a category for miscellaneous. There were 6,978 reports of non-criminal events in 2007, according to the report. Compared to 2006, there were 1,323 fewer non-criminal events in the Santa Clarita Valley in 2007 - a decrease of approximately 16 percent.

Overall, there were 18,993 crimes were reported for calendar year 2007, a drop of approximately 9 percent overall compared to 2006, where 20,864 overall crimes and events were reported.

The Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station also maintains weekly statistics on its Web site. According to its most recent report for the week of June 2 through 8, deputies responded to 1,070 calls for service, including 58 emergency (9-1-1) calls.

According to the Sheriff's weekly report, the listed population for Santa Clarita was 180,000, while the unincorporated portions of the SCV totaled 82,000.


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