Violent and property crimes in Ramona drop in first half of 2013, report shows

Thursday, Sept. 12—After an increase in 2012, the violent crime rate in San Diego County dropped by 6 percent and in Ramona by 38 percent in the first half of 2013 compared to the same period last year, according to a report released today by San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG).

While county-wide the mid-year property crime rate continued to climb with a 4 percent increase in the first six months of 2013, in Ramona property crimes dropped during by 49 percent, from 309 to 157 incidents.

“Our crime rate in Ramona is the lowest in 10 years,” Lt. James Bovet of the sheriff’s Ramona station said last month.

”The turnaround in violent crime is positive news for the San Diego region,” said SANDAG Criminal Justice Research Director Dr. Cynthia Burke. “We know from our work with our law enforcement partners that even in the era of shrinking budgets, they have continued to direct resources to fight the most serious crimes.”

Violent crimes include homicide, rape, robbery, and aggravated assault. The mid-year violent crime rate county-wide was 3.46 per 1,000 residents, the second lowest in the past 10 years.

A total of 5,431 violent crimes were reported to local law enforcement between January and June 2013. In Ramona, 37 violent crimes were reported in the first half of 2013, representing 2.05 per 1,000 residents, compared to 60 violent crimes during that time period in 2012, or 3.33 per 1,000 residents.

Property crimes — petty and grand theft, burglary, and motor vehicle theft — rose county-wide midyear from 21.39 per 1,000 residents to 22.28 but in Ramona dropped by 17.15 per 1,000 residents to 8.71 for mid-year 2013.

County-wide, the only property crime to show a drop was motor vehicle theft, said the report.

The report shows Ramona’s population for 2012/13 is 36,037, a 2 percent increase since 2009.

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4 Comments for “Violent and property crimes in Ramona drop in first half of 2013, report shows”

  1. Herve Auch-Roy

    While our law enforcement is to be praised for this very good result, we, as residents, need to do our part.
    A few months ago, I noticed broken glass at one of the front corner of our house on Wikiup Road. I looked up and saw the outdoor light where the glass and the light bulb had been broken. On the back of the light fixture, I found a pellet smashed against the reflective plate.
    At that time, we used to leave my wife's car parked on the driveway, with a car cover to protect the paint against the sunlight.
    With no known enemies in town (asides from the supporters of the San Vicente Road project …), I quickly came to the conclusion that a burglary was in planning, and the burglars wanted to know whether our house was occupied.
    I replaced the broken light fixture that same day, and from now on, my wife's car is parked next to mine in our garage. I also went around informing our close neighbors about what I believed was the imminence of a burglary.
    And I was right: only one week later, one of our unoccupied houses was broken into.
    The lesson is: be on the lookout for little things that change or get broken around your home: broken lights, chalk marks on the driveway or on trees, news papers left on the driveway, are as many little things, that if let unfixed, signal that your home is a good burglary candidate.

    • MainStreet Media

      Good advice. Thank you.


    • RenFaiz

      The topic you broached starts out as a story of an individual citizen being cautious and aware, regarding the security of his own property.

      You proffer some useful info in your account. However, there is a quite obvious undercurrent within your story; that of you being right and therefore superior to others, which dampens whatever sparkle those points may have otherwise displayed. By using the phrase, "..WE, as residents need..," then taking a know-it-all's cheap shot at the opposition of one of your pet peeves (the off-the-topic subject of the San Vicente Road project), then eventually proclaiming, "And I was right."

      The topic does not matter. It's always about you.

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