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.