Crime has continued a downward trend in the last year, with violent crime and property crime down overall, according to a report put out by Sandag.

The report was compiled by Sandag’s Criminal Justice Research Division. It contains an analysis of recent crime trends and looks at crime trends over the last 25 years.

Among the report’s findings:

— The chance of being a crime victim in the San Diego region was less in 2006 than in 2005. One in 226 San Diego County residents was the victim of a violent crime in 2006, and one in 33 was the victim of a property crime.

— Thirteen of the 25 jurisdictions had a lower violent crime rate in 2006 compared to 2005. Twenty had a lower property crime rate compared to the previous year.

— The 2006 violent crime rate of 4.43 was the lowest in the past 25 years, despite recent increases in the number of homicides (1 year increase of 29%) and robberies (1 year increase of 9%).

— In 2006, 19,886 domestic violence incidents were reported to law enforcement, the lowest number since 1997.

— Larceny was down five percent from 2005, but was still the most common crime reported to police (about one every ten minutes).

— The number of vehicles stolen in the region decreased for the first time in five years. This decline also was the largest one-year change in the property crime category.

— Compared to other large U.S. cities, the City of San Diego had the fifth lowest FBI Index crime rate in 2005, the most recent comparison year possible.

WILL CARLESS

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