Forcible rape and grand theft auto cases occupied much of the calendar for Santa Clarita Valley sheriff’s deputies during 2012, but homicide investigators got a bit of a reprieve.
Violent crime across the Santa Clarita Valley rose 27.7 percent during 2012 compared to 2011, according to data released Wednesday by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.
But while the SCV’s 479 reported incidents of violent crime outnumbered the 375 reported during the unusually crime-free year of 2011, there were actually fewer violent crimes in 2012 than there were in 2007 (483) when the population was smaller.
Stated differently, the SCV’s crime rate has improved by 10.6 percent over the past five years. In 2012, roughly 18 people (17.83) per 10,000 SCV residents were victims of violent crime. In 2007, nearly 20 (19.95) of every 10,000 people were victimized.