Burglaries, car prowls up in Rancho Bernardo
By Elizabeth Marie Himchak
Twice as many residential burglaries in Rancho Bernardo during the first half of this year compared to last year contributed to RB reflecting the city’s uptick in property crimes, according to recently released police department crime statistics.
There was also an increase in reported car prowls in Rancho Bernardo and citywide. With these, property might not have been taken.
In contrast, Rancho Bernardo experienced a decrease in violent crimes even though the city saw those go up when compared to 2011.a
In Rancho Bernardo, there were 14.15 property crimes per 1,000 residents reported this year compared to 11.49 per 1,000 last year. This led to RB dropping from its 22nd place tie with Del Mar Heights in 2011 — among the city’s 120-plus neighborhoods — to a tie for 36th place with Lincoln Park in 2012. Citywide, there were 22.22 property crimes per 1,000 San Diegans reported (15,286 crimes), a slight increase from 21.23 per 1,000 (14,160 crimes) last year.
There were 70 more property crimes in Rancho Bernardo, for a total of 316 crimes compared to last year’s 246. The spike was due to an almost doubling of residential burglaries (69 instead of 35) and near 19 percent more thefts (191 this year versus 155 last year). There were five additional auto thefts (30 in 2012 versus 25 in 2011). A slight decrease occurred with commercial burglaries, with 26 this year compared to 31 last year.
When it came to violent crimes, RB tied for 10th place with Miramar Ranch North due to .45 per 1,000 residents from January to June. Last year, RB was 15th citywide, with .93 per 1,000. Citywide there were 3.94 per 1,000 (2,718 crimes) this year compared to 3.72 per 1,000 (2,482 crimes) last year.
There were 10 violent crimes in RB this year, 50 percent fewer than last year. Once again there was one reported rape. This year there were four robberies, compared to nine last year and half as many aggravated assaults (five instead of 10).
When looking at the crime index (property and violent crimes combined), Rancho Bernardo dropped from last year’s 12th place for 12.42 per 1,000 residents to 27th place for 14.59 per 1,000. This was still far better than the citywide 26.16 crimes per 1,000 San Diegans, an increase from 24.95 per 1,000 reported last year.
As for car prowls, there were 121 reported this year compared to 83 last year. This led to RB coming in 67th place citywide — and last among its Inland Corridor neighbors — in 2012 with 5.42 car prowls per 1,000 residents. The citywide rate was 5.96 per 1,000. Last year, RB tied with San Ysidro for 52nd place with 3.88 per 1,000 residents, giving it a much farther gap from the citywide rate of 5.61 car prowls per 1,000 San Diegans.
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After years of Carmel Mountain Ranch usually lagging behind its Inland Corridor neighbors, it fared much better than Rancho Bernardo in the first half of 2012 in all categories except violent crimes, which it recently led.
Carmel Mountain Ranch was 33rd citywide with 1.82 violent crimes per 1,000 residents this year versus its citywide eighth-place ranking for .52 violent crimes per 1,000 resident last year. The change was due to an almost quadrupling of incidents (11 instead of three) because of nine aggravated assaults this year. In the first half of 2011 there were none. There were again two robberies, but unlike the one reported rape last year, there were none this year.
Its residents experienced far fewer property crimes this year, 12.41 per 1,000 residents (25th place citywide) compared to last year’s 19.53 per 1,000 residents that resulted in 68th place. There were one-third as many property crimes (86 instead of last year’s 115). These were seven auto thefts (two-thirds fewer than last year’s 21), 55 thefts instead of 72 and almost half as many commercial burglaries (seven instead of 13). Residential burglaries remained at six.
The crime index citywide ranking went from 56th place (20.06 crimes per 1,000 residents) last year to 23rd place (14.23 per 1,000 residents).
Car prowls also dropped, going from 28 to 21. This resulted in Carmel Mountain Ranch improving from last year’s 69th place (4.88 per 1,000 residents) to 46th place (3.47 per 1,000).
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Citywide, Sabre Springs again came in second for property crimes and crime index and improved in its violent and car prowl rankings.
Because there were two additional property crimes this year (33 instead of 31), there were 5.71 crimes per 1,000 residents. Last year there were 5.53. There were five residential burglaries versus last year’s four and twice as many auto thefts (six instead of three). Thefts decreased from 24 last year to 22 in 2012.
Violent crime dropped from last year’s 1.78 per 1,000 residents (29th place) to .69 per 1,000 (12th place). From January to June 2012 there were four crimes — two aggravated assaults, one robbery and one reported rape. During the same period last year there were 10 crimes — eight aggravated assaults and two murders.
Overall, Sabre Springs residents experienced slightly fewer crimes (37 instead of 41), which led to a crime index of 6.41 crimes per 1,000 residents this year compared to 7.31 per 1,000 residents last year.
Car prowls decreased from 16 to 12. Though slight, when compared to other neighborhoods citywide it went from 35th place (2.85 per 1,000 residents) to 20th place (2.08 per 1,000).
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Rancho Penasquitos dropped from 19th place to 23rd citywide in violent crimes, going from 29 reported in the first half of 2011 (1.18 per 1,000 residents) to 31 this year (1.23 per 1,000). There were 18 instead of 24 aggravated assaults, but spikes in robberies (nine in 2012 versus four in 2011) and four reported rapes this year compared to one reported last year.
Property crime rose from 6.83 per 1,000 last year and third citywide to 8.19 per 1,000 this year and sixth. Of the 207 reported (up from 168 last year), there were 145 thefts (116 in 2011), 26 auto thefts (compared to 19 before) and 32 residential burglaries (up from 23). The only decrease was in commercial burglaries, which dropped from 10 to four.
Its crime index rose from 197 reported crimes (8.01 per 1,000 residents) to 238 (9.42 per 1,000). However, its citywide ranking only slipped from third to fourth.
Car prowls also rose, going from a three-way tie for 27th place citywide last year for 2.56 prowls per 1,000 residents to 51st place for 3.72 per 1,000. Actual incidents rose from 63 to 94.
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Citywide, crime rose in all categories except commercial burglaries, which went from 987 to 923 incidents in the first six months. There were 61 more residential burglaries (1,859 instead of 1,798), 786 more thefts (9,371 instead of 8,585) and 343 more auto thefts (3,133 versus 2,790). Combined there were 15,286 property crimes this year. Last year, there were 14,160 for the same period.
Violent crimes rose by 236 incidents (2,718 instead of 2,482). These were 26 murders (compared to 25), 172 reported rapes (up from 130), 726 robberies (688 last year) and 1,794 aggravated assaults (up from 1,639).
Car prowls rose from 3,744 reported from January to June 2011 to 4,104 reported for the same period in 2012.
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