The number of violent crimes reported in the city of San Diego dropped 1 percent between 2006 and 2007 and overall property crime dropped 2 percent, according to annual crime statistics released today by the FBI.

The Uniform Crime Report, an annual report on crime statistics from the FBI, also showed year-on-year drops in violent and property crime at the national level.

But motor vehicle thefts in San Diego jumped 62 percent last year after dropping 39 percent from the year before. Burglaries and larceny thefts also saw significant increases. There were 24 percent more burglaries reported in 2007 than in 2006 and there were 17 percent more larceny thefts reported in 2007 than 2006. Both burglaries and larceny thefts dropped from 2005 to 2006.

City officials told me they haven’t seen the stats yet, so they couldn’t comment.

WILL CARLESS

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