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January 8, 2004
Deepa Bharath The city saw an increase in violent crimes but a decrease in property crimes during the first nine months of 2003 compared with the same time in 2002, a report released by the state attorney general's office on Wednesday showed. Overall, crime was up by 1.4%, the report said. Violent crimes, a category that includes murders, rapes, robberies and assaults, increased by 10.4%, and property crimes -- burglaries and auto thefts -- dropped by 1.6%.
LOCAL
By Michael Alexander | December 29, 2006
Serious violent and property crimes in Costa Mesa have likely declined by about 10% from 2005 to 2006, according to preliminary statistics compiled by the Costa Mesa Police Department. Police credit the decrease to a concerted effort to reduce thefts and burglaries. The crimes that were tabulated were homicides, assaults and rapes, as well as property crimes like thefts, burglaries and larcenies. Police only had statistics for incidents through November and don't expect December's numbers to dramatically change the percentages.
NEWS
By Lauren Williams | December 22, 2011
COSTA MESA - Violent crime in Costa Mesa dropped slightly in the first half of 2011, while property crime increased by about 70 incidents when compared with the same time period last year. The FBI this week released its preliminary unified crime reports (UCR), which showed that between January and June 2011, there were 114 violent crimes citywide - down from 122 during the same period in 2010. The city saw an increase in murder, from one to three, and a drop in aggravated assault from 58 to 49. Property crimes increased from 1,565 to 1,632 in the beginning of this year, with six arson cases compared with three.
NEWS
By Jeremiah Dobruck | November 15, 2013
Newport Beach Police Chief Jay R. Johnson told a crowd of about 40 people Wednesday night that they have the ability to reduce crime in the city by 80%. Johnson spoke at Newport Beach's City Hall at the request of the community group Speak Up Newport. He gave the audience an update on city crime statistics and answered questions, but mostly, the chief emphasized the community's role in keeping its neighborhoods crime free. "If you lock your car, you lock your house and you don't leave your valuables in plain sight, 80% of our crimes go away," he said.
NEWS
June 8, 2005
FBI releases national crime statistics The FBI on Monday released crime statistics showing a drop nationwide in violent and property crimes. The Preliminary Annual Uniform Crime Report compared 2004 statistics from 12,715 police agencies serving populations of 100,000 or more. Nationwide, violent crimes decreased 1.7% in 2004 and property crimes fell 1.8%, according to the report. As reported last month in California Department of Justice statistics, the number of violent crimes in Costa Mesa dropped from 304 in 2003 to 284 last year -- a 6.6% decrease.
LOCAL
By By Lauren Vane | December 7, 2005
Burglaries and car thefts in Costa Mesa increased sharply in the first half of the year compared with the same period in 2004, according to a report released Monday. The statistics were compiled by the state attorney general's office for the period of January through June, as reported by police agencies of cities with more than 100,000 residents. Statewide statistics reflected an overall decrease of 1.8% in violent crimes and an increase of 2.9% in property crimes, the report showed.
NEWS
Joseph Serna, joseph.serna@latimes.com | June 25, 2010
The violent- and property-crime rates in Newport-Mesa dropped between 2008 and 2009, mirroring a statewide trend of fewer offenses being reported, state officials announced Friday. In California, there were fewer homicides, robberies, car thefts and arsons than in the last three years, according to the state Justice Department. Orange County also followed the state's numbers, with a 3.6% drop in violent crimes, 10.5% fewer property crimes and a 3.7% drop in larcenies and thefts, the department reported.
NEWS
By Lauren Williams, lauren.williams@latimes.com | July 9, 2011
NEWPORT BEACH – Some folks may think of the good old days as safer, but crime rates are at the lowest point here in more than four decades, data released Friday show. Newport Beach police released statistics analyzing crimes committed per thousand residents of Newport Beach dating to 1969. "If you were to ask people if they felt safer today or 30 or 40 years ago, most would say they felt safer back then," said Police Chief Jay Johnson. "However, the statistical facts show that our community is safer now than most people under 50 years old have ever experienced.
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By Jeremiah Dobruck | January 24, 2014
Burglars who broke into a Costa Mesa home this week made off with an ebony-inlaid box with far more sentimental than cash value. The container held the ashes of the homeowner's late husband. "It's pretty sick," said the widow, who the Daily Pilot is not identifying because she's a crime victim. When the woman returned home from work Wednesday evening, she noticed that a silver tea set was missing and cupboards throughout her house were ajar. After running upstairs, she saw her dresser drawers upturned and clothes dumped on the floor.
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NEWS
By Jeremiah Dobruck | January 17, 2014
Crime in Costa Mesa dropped by more than 12% in 2013 with steep declines in thefts and burglaries leading the way, according to statistics provided by the Costa Mesa Police Department this week. However, moderate increases in rapes and robberies were recorded. Overall violent crime remained relatively flat compared with 2012, but property crimes as a whole dropped 13% with declines in every category. Burglaries dropped by almost 25% - to 512 in 2013 compared with 668 in 2012.
NEWS
By Jeremiah Dobruck | January 9, 2014
Following the same trend as the last two years, crime in Newport Beach declined in 2013, according to preliminary numbers from police. Combined, violent crimes and property crimes dropped exactly 1% — although property crimes increased very slightly, the department's brass announced at a monthly statistics meeting that reporters were invited to attend Thursday. "We're safer today in Newport Beach than we've ever been in the history of the city," Newport Beach Police Department Chief Jay Johnson said.
NEWS
By Jeremiah Dobruck | November 15, 2013
Newport Beach Police Chief Jay R. Johnson told a crowd of about 40 people Wednesday night that they have the ability to reduce crime in the city by 80%. Johnson spoke at Newport Beach's City Hall at the request of the community group Speak Up Newport. He gave the audience an update on city crime statistics and answered questions, but mostly, the chief emphasized the community's role in keeping its neighborhoods crime free. "If you lock your car, you lock your house and you don't leave your valuables in plain sight, 80% of our crimes go away," he said.
NEWS
By Jeffrey Harlan | June 7, 2013
Comedian Louis C.K. has a routine, "Of Course, but Maybe," where he challenges long-held beliefs. Humorously, he illuminates the dark side of principles we generally accept - of course children with nut allergies should be protected and a soldier injured in war is tragic and slavery is the most awful thing ever. The "Of Course, but Maybe" dichotomy came to mind when I read Mayor Pro Tem Steve Mensinger's final remarks in The Current commentary about keeping the city's business license tax low (" Low licensing fees make Costa Mesa an attractive home for entrepreneurs ," June 5)
NEWS
By Lauren Williams | May 16, 2013
As the city of Newport Beach continues to shrink its workforce, one place it hopes to expand is the Police Department. A crime-suppression unit comprising three officers and one sergeant is proposed under the 2013-14 fiscal year budget. The new unit would address property crime, which makes up 97% of all Part One crime - those considered more serious - committed in the city, Capt. Dale Johnson said through department spokeswoman Kathy Lowe. "The entire Newport Beach Police Department is dedicated to reducing property crimes through prevention, education and enforcement," Johnson said.
NEWS
January 18, 2013
Newport Beach saw a drop in serious and violent crime last year, a police department news release said. Part One crime — a category including the most serious offenses like murder, rape, aggravated assault and burglary — decreased by 3.4% in 2012, while violent crime saw a 10.9% decrease, the department reported. Property crimes dropped 3% overall; however, bike thefts were up by 18.1%, which amounted to 38 more stolen bikes. Mail theft also saw a 35% increase, or seven additional incidents.
NEWS
By Lauren Williams | July 25, 2012
Newport Beach Police Chief Jay Johnson says he is concerned about a state plan to release nonviolent offenders from prisons and into local communities. Under the state's realignment plan designed to relieve prison overcrowding, nonserious, nonviolent offenders have been released under probation rather than being placed on parole. The plan also shifted the burden of housing such offenders from the state to local jails and eased sentencing to lighten jail loads. "I'm very, very concerned," Johnson said during the City Council study session Tuesday.
NEWS
June 26, 2012
I always appreciate the thoughtful comments by my friend Tamar Goldmann (Re. "Council agenda is harming public services," June 21), but this time, I think she reached several wrong conclusions. Let me explain why. FOR THE RECORD: An earlier version had Tamar Goldmann's last name misspelled. First, she said crime is up in Costa Mesa. The fact is, violent crime is actually down. Property crimes are up by 11%, and that is why this City Council has restructured the Police Department in such a way that more officers are patrolling our streets than ever before.
NEWS
By Lauren Williams | June 16, 2012
Violent crime decreased moderately in Costa Mesa last year while property crimes increased, according to FBI statistics released last week. Reported violent crimes fell from 240 in 2010 to 231 in 2011, a decrease of 3.75%. Murders went from one to four — the highest number since 2006 — and reported rapes dropped from 34 to 30, according to the FBI's Unified Crime Reports data . Property crimes — a category that includes burglary, auto theft and larceny — increased 11%. Last year, Costa Mesa logged 340 more property crimes than in 2010, when 3,534 were reported.
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