While violent crime fell at a slower pace in San Diego than other major U.S. cities during the first half of 2009, its property crimes dropped further than most.

For statistical purposes, the FBI measures property crime based on incidents of burglary, theft, auto theft and arson. The agency released preliminary statistics Monday related to incidents occurring between January and June for cities with a population greater than 100,000.

The number of property crime incidents reported in San Diego dropped by 18.3 percent from the same six-month period last year. The city already has one of the lowest rates of property crimes per capita among major U.S. cities.

Some cities of comparable population also reported declining incidents of property crimes, but only Phoenix reported a larger drop than San Diego in comparing the first half of 2008 and the first half of 2009. Property crime in Phoenix fell by 23 percent.

For more information about trends in violent crimes across major U.S. cities, check out this earlier blog post from today. To see the FBI’s full statistical reports, click here. To see more information on San Diego’s monthly crime statistics, click here.

— KEEGAN KYLE

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