Residents within one of San Diego’s north coastal communities have something to smile about. According to a recent report put out by SANDAG, incidents of violent crime in the city of Carlsbad have dropped 37% between the years of 2007-2011.
Carlsbad Patch reported crimes against property have also fallen by 24% during the same time period. Patrolled by the Carlsbad Police Department, SANDAG further reported Carlsbad has consistently maintained a lower-than-average crime rate for the above stated categories during all years analyzed in the study.
Recent data from the FBI also supports the claim. According to their index, incidents of homicide, aggravated assault, rape, robbery, burglary, motor vehicle theft, and larceny in Carlsbad was lower than the county average between the years of 2007-2011.
County of San Diego Crimes Increase
SANDAG also performed a countywide analysis of violent crime and crimes against property for each quarter of 2011, hopeful to learn if increased crime rates would correlate with early-inmate-release programs brought on due to the state’s prisoner realignment program. Under the directive, non-violent, non-sexual, non-serious offenders began being transferred from state to San Diego County jails in Oct. 2011 to serve out the remainder of their sentences.
Although violent crime experienced a county-wide decline in 2011, they said, property crime indicated a different trend. Crimes against property decreased 7% between the months of Jan. and Sept. but experienced a 6% increase between Oct. and Dec. when compared to 2010. Burglary, larceny and motor-vehicle theft are all classified as property crimes.
SANDAG said it is too soon to know if the increase in property crime seen in the final quarter of 2011 is directly tied to the state’s prisoner realignment program.