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Violent crime down 34% in first half of 2008, compared to 2007

In a bulletin released October 21 by the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG), it was reported that the number of violent crimes reported in Fallbrook were down 34 percent compared to the same time period in 2007 and 24 percent compared to 2004.

From January 1 to June 30, 2008, 47 violent crimes were reported in the Fallbrook jurisdiction, compared to 71 in 2007 and 62 in 2004.

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

“We are very encouraged to see the statistics related to violent crime decline drastically during the first part of 2008,” said Lt. Alex Dominguez, commander of the Sheriff’s Fallbrook Substation. “Deputies have been increasingly proactive in their work and we have had a number of successful specific problem-oriented projects and operations.”

Property crimes of burglary, larceny and motor vehicle theft, on the other hand, increased by two percent from 2007 to 2008 but were down 19 percent from 2004. In the first half of 2008, 508 property crimes were reported, compared to 499 in 2007 and 624 in 2004.

In 2008, burglaries were on the rise, with motor vehicle thefts on the decline.

“It is remarkable that property crimes have decreased 19 percent from 2004,” Dominguez said. “There has been a two-percent increase in the first half of 2008 as compared to 2007. I believe that was primarily due to series of burglaries in residential areas where criminals entered through open doors and windows.”

Dominguez said the best ways for citizens to protect themselves against property crimes are to lock their doors and windows and keep valuables out of sight in vehicles.

He also encourages residents to call the Sheriff’s Department if they observe suspicious activity.

“Call us whenever you see something that doesn’t look right,” Dominguez said.

To ensure one’s home is as secure as possible, Dominguez advises a call to crime prevention specialist John McLelland at (760) 451-3124. Citizens can receive free personal, residential or commercial security consultations.

In the SANDAG report, the population of the Fallbrook area has been listed as 50,965 for the first half of 2008, compared to 50,200 in 2007 and 49,471 in 2004.

From 2007 to 2008, that equates to an increase of two percent.

In most communities, when an increase in population is experienced, crime rates edge up accordingly.

“I believe we are holding the line as it relates to our crime rates because of the great work by our staff and the community’s involvement,” Dominguez explained.

“Our community is proud of an environment that is friendly and safe,” he added. “All of us are passionately protective of that environment and do our part to keep Fallbrook the great place it is to live, work and visit.”

To view the crime statistics for the first half of 2008, visit http://www.sandag.org/cj.

 

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