The violent crime rate in San Diego County is at its lowest level in 10 years, according to the San Diego Association of Governments.

The Sandag Criminal Justice Research Division just compiled a report that details crime statistics in San Diego County for the first half of 2007 and how those statistics compare to previous years.

Here’s the gist of the press release:

The overall violent crime rate for the region decreased three percent in the first half of 2007, compared to the same period in 2006. Likewise, the region’s mid-year property crime rate also showed a one-year decrease of three percent — bringing it below 30.0 crimes per 1,000 residents (to 29.47) for the first time since 2001. These data are useful to local law enforcement agencies as they track the effectiveness of their prevention and response efforts on jurisdictional and regional crime rates.

Sandag found there were fewer homicides in the first half of 2007 (54) compared with 2006 (66), a decrease of 18 percent. The number of burglaries and larceny crimes also dropped in the county.

The only violent crime to increase from 2006 to 2007 in the county was robbery, which increased for the fifth year running, according to Sandag.

WILL CARLESS

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