SANDAG Releases “Thirty Years of Crime in the San Diego Region: 1982 through 2011”



Thirty Years of Crime in the San Diego Region: 1982 through 2011


SANDAG’s Criminal Justice Research Division has released its most recent bulletin, “Thirty Years of Crime in the San Diego Region: 1982 through 2011”. This bulletin presents comparisons of crime incidents and crime rates reported in the San Diego region over the past 30 years.

Highlights from the bulletin:

  • ·         The region’s violent (3.41) and property (20.19) crime rates (per 1,000 population) decreased and were again at new 30-year lows.
  • ·         With the exception of homicide, which increased 22 percent between 2010 and 2011, there were decreases in all other Part I violent crimes, including robbery (9%), rape (2%), and aggravated assault (4%). Bank robberies, which had increased 73 percent between 2009 and 2010, decreased 36 percent over the past year.
  • ·         Despite concerns that the economic downturn would result in more property crime, the number of burglaries, larcenies, and motor vehicle thefts were at 30-year lows.

We welcome your feedback about how you have used these data and thoughts on how we might make this bulletin more useful. We invite you to visit our Web site ( and review the numerous reports and projects pertaining to public safety.

This bulletin is available at If you need assistance accessing the report on-line, please contact Liz Doroski at (619)699-6921 or


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