Violent crime dropped sharply in Garden Grove in 2011, according to the preliminary annual Uniform Crime Report issued Tuesday by the FBI.
The report covers cities with a population of 100,000 and over.
Incidents of violent crime in Garden Grove declined from 53
9 to 449 compared to 2010. Property crimes also fell, going from 3,590 in 2010 to 3,387 in 2011, according to the report.
Garden Grove saw declines in every crime category. Murders fell from three to two; rapes went from 22 to 19; robberies from 184 to 179. Burglaries dropped from 810 to 717.
Most large Orange County cities saw a decline in violent crime, with three exceptions. Anaheim saw 1,281 incidents (up from 1,161), Orange 157 (up from 150) and Irvine was even at 120 reported cases.
Irvine nevertheless continues to have the lowest per-capita crime rate of any large city in the United States, statistics show.
The property crime picture was a little less stellar. Increases in that category (arson, larceny, grand theft, burglary, etc.) were reported in Anaheim, Costa Mesa, Orange and Irvine.
Cities in Orange County with over 100,000 in population are Anaheim, Santa Ana, Huntington Beach, Irvine, Garden Grove, Fullerton, Costa Mesa and Orange.