Garden Grove Journal
Violent crime plunged 22 percent in Garden Grove for the first half of the year, according to statistics released Monday by the FBI.
The preliminary semiannual report of the agency showed that the number of violent crime (murder, forcible rape, robbery, aggravated assault) incidents in Garden Grove for January to June 2009 were 237, down from 301 incidents for the same period in 2008.
Across the nation, violent crime incidents increased by 4.4 percent.
In Orange County, the report showed decreases in Anaheim, Garden Grove, Huntington Beach and Santa Ana.
Increases were reported in Costa Mesa, Fullerton and Irvine. The report only covers cities with a population of 100,000 or more.
In Garden Grove, there were increases in murders (from two to four) and forcible rapes (11 to 13) but drops in robberies and aggravated assaults.
Property crime, including larceny and burglary, also showed a decline. The decrease was 15 percent.
The statistics from the FBI report tracked with the “City Crime Rankings” report released in November, which showed Garden Grove as the 99th safest city in the U.S., an improvement from 124th the year before.
That report, which covers cities with a population of 75,000 and over, also placed Westminster at 86th place.
The FBI figures for the first half of 2009 showed that Orange had a 25 percent drop. Violent crime in Irvine, sometimes called ‘America’ Safest City,” was up 42 percent, although the total numbers (up from 57 incidents to 81) were still relatively low.