COSTA MESA — Violent crime in Costa Mesa dropped 14% in 2009 compared with the year prior, according to statistics released in the FBI's annual report on violent crime.
There were 301 violent crimes in Costa Mesa in 2009, compared with 350 the year before. The FBI considers homicides, robberies, rapes and aggravated assaults violent crime.
There were only two homicides between 2007 and 2009, police statistics show.
In October 2009, police said 76-year-old Kenneth Leake shot his wife in their home off Orange Avenue, accounting for the lone homicide case. The FBI report shows there were also fewer rapes, with 27 being reported last year compared to 39 in each of the two previous years. Rapes have been steadily decreasing since at least 2004, records show.