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Crime down 15 percent in SCV during past year

Posted: September 9, 2011 5:07 p.m.
Updated: September 9, 2011 5:07 p.m.

Crime in the Santa Clarita Valley is down at least 15 percent over last year and more than 30 percent compared to five years ago, according to Sheriff's Department figures released Friday.

With the exception of statistics on local homicides - numbers were drastically altered by a double murder-suicide early last month - all other violent crimes reported by the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station were down on average at the end of August compared to numbers for August a year ago.

On Aug. 5, Valencia resident Martin Strassner shot his wife's parents and himself inside a car parked in the driveway of the couple's Bridgeport home, sheriff's investigators said.

For all crimes overall, the department's latest statistics show crime in Santa Clarita Valley down by 15.8 percent over the last year and by 34.3 percent compared to five years ago.

The Santa Clarita Valley appears to be a safer place to live compared to most other communities in Los Angeles County, the numbers released Friday indicate.

Although crimes - including violent ones and those involving property - were down across the county on average, the overall numbers were not as impressive as those tabulated for the Santa Clarita Valley.

In the last year, the county witnessed a 12.6 percent drop in violent crime and a 4 percent drop in property crimes.

Those same numbers compared against crime reported five years ago show a countywide drop of 22.4 percent in violent crime and 15.4 percent in property crime.

Violent crimes include: homicide, forcible rape, robbery and aggravated assault.

Property crimes include: burglary, larceny theft, grand theft auto and arson.

Arson was the only property crime reported to be on the increase in the Santa Clarita Valley.

Over the last five years, local cases of arson have dropped by almost 3 percent but, since last year, the number has tripled.




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