Garden Grove Journal
Crime – especially that of the violent variety – is taking a bit of a holiday in Garden Grove, according to the latest figures released by the FBI this week.
The report, which covers the period from January to June 2011, shows that violent crime decreased in Garden Grove by 18.2 percent over that period, a drop from 264 reported incidents to 216.
Violent crime is considered to be murder, rape, robbery and assaults.
Property crimes – including burglaries and car theft – also dropped in the Big Strawberry. The decrease was 9.2 percent, a change from 1,870 reported incidents to 1,690 incidents.
The report only covered those cities with a population of 100,000 or more, so statistics for Stanton and Westminster were not available. Among Orange County’s “large” cities – Anaheim, Costa Mesa, Fullerton, Garden Grove, Huntington Beach, Irvine, Orange and Santa Ana – violent crime overall was down 6.4 percent.
Orange County’s declines reflected a national trend towards drops in crime rates, according to FBI statistics. Violent crime across the United States was down 6.4 percent, with property crimes declining by 3.7 percent.
In Garden Grove the report showed these changes:
• Murder was down, two to one.
• Forcible rape was up, from 9 to 15 incidents.
• Robbery was down, from 93 to 82.
• Aggravated assault was down, from 160 to 119.
•Burglaries were down, from 463 to 345.
Decreases in violent crime were also reported for Costa Mesa, Fullerton, Huntington Beach, Irvine, Orange, and Santa Ana.
Incidents of violent crime rose in Anaheim from 534 incidents in 2010 to 615 in 2011.