SAN DIEGO — The San Diego Police Department released its annual crime statistics for 2021 for the city of San Diego on Tuesday, with data showing a 13% increase in overall crime.
Six of the seven crime categories, divided into violent crimes and property crimes, saw increases from the previous year, according to SDPD data. The six crimes include murder, rape, aggravated assault, burglary, theft, and theft of vehicle.
For violent crimes:
- Murders increased by 1.8% in 2021 with 57 incidents, compared to 55 in 2020.
- Rapes increased by 17.7% in 2021 with 571 incidents, compared to 485 in 2020.
- Aggravated assaults increased by 16.9% with 4,156 incidents, compared to 3,556 in 2020.
For property crimes:
- Burglaries increased by 2.1% in 2021 with 3,393 incidents, compared to 3,324 in 2020.
- Thefts increased by 12.7% in 2021 with 18,075 incidents, compared to 16,044 in 2020.
- Vehicle thefts increased by 24.5% in 2021 with 6,165 incidents, compared to 4,953 in 2020.
Although other crime categories saw an increase in cases, robbery decreased by 9.6% in 2021 with 1,091 incidents, compared to 1,207 in 2020.
“Police departments across the country are battling rising crime, and while San Diego has historically ranked among the safest major cities, our city is also experiencing an increase in crime,” Nisleit said. “Despite the challenges our department faces this year as we deal with staff reductions, SDPD remains committed to responding to calls for service, using intelligence-based investigations to catch criminals, and doing proactive policing. to prevent crime.”
Meanwhile, police say reports of hate crimes increased by 77% in 2021. Also this year, the SDPD, together with LGBTQ and API businesses, helped establish the Safe Place program for victims. of hate crimes.
Compared to other major US cities. each year, San Diego continues to maintain one of the highest solve rates and one of the lowest homicide rates.
“In 2021, the SDPD added a sixth Homicide Investigation Team and a new Ghost Gun Investigation Team to increase the department’s ability to locate criminals and remove illegal firearms from the streets of San Diego,” the police department said in Tuesday’s news release.
The SDPD has asked for the public’s help in working with police to combat rising crime and violence by reporting suspicious activity, assisting with investigations and helping to create safer communities for all.
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