The Orange County Register reported that although the crime rate has continued to decline throughout the country, three of Orange County's largest cities have seen an increase in the violent crime rate. The FBI considers violent crimes to include murder, forcible rape, aggravated assault, property crime, burglary, larceny, and car theft.
Irvine, which for the past 6 years has had the lowest crime rate in the nation, held on to that honor, but saw a 42% increase in violent crimes. Costa Mesa and Fullerton were the other two cities to experience an increase in violent crimes. According to the FBI, Costa Mesa saw a 15% increase in violent crimes, while Fullerton had a 40% increase. Costa Mesa also saw a rise in property crimes as well. Fullerton, meanwhile, saw a 12% decrease in property crimes.
Overall nationwide violent crimes were down 4.4% and property crimes were down 6.1%, according to the FBI. The information used to gather this data was taken from the first six months of 2009 and compared to the first six months of 2008.
On the other hand, several Orange County cities saw an overall decrease in the violent crime rate. Those cities include Anaheim, Garden Grove, Huntington Beach, Orange, and Santa Ana. Interestingly enough, Santa Ana had the highest crime rate in the United States, but showed a 5% decrease in violent crimes.
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