Bucking a national trend, violent crime in Garden Grove dropped in 2012, while property crime increased.
According to the preliminary Annual Uniform Crime Report released this week by the FBI, the number of violent crimes reported across the United States was up 1.2 percent over 2011, but down by eight-tenths of a percent for property crimes.
But for Garden Grove, the number of violent crimes (murder, rape, robbery, aggravated assault) dropped from 449 in 2011 to 439 in 2012. Property crimes, however, rose from 3,387 in 2011 to 4,017.
All but one category of violent crimes declined; all categories of property crimes increased.
Statistics were garnered from cities with a population of 100,000 or more. Other large Orange County cities generally reported similar outcomes, although violent crime was up sharply in Fullerton and less so in Costa Mesa.
Property crime rose in all large Orange County cities, with the biggest increases in Anaheim and Huntington Beach.
Breaking down the results for Garden Grove:
• Murders down from two to one.
• Forcible rape down from 19 to 16.
• Robbery down from 171 to 136
• Aggravated assault up from 257 to 287.
• Burglary up from 717 to 761.
• Larceny-theft up from 2242 to 2655.
• Motor vehicle theft up from 428 to 601.
• Arson from 12 to 17 incidents.