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By Joseph Serna, joseph.serna@latimes.com | September 14, 2010
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.
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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.
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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.
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May 14, 2005
Marisa O'Neil Violent crime in the city has dropped, according to preliminary 2004 statistics released this week -- a change police credit to their community-policing approach. The California Department of Justice compared 2003 crime-rate statistics with those of 2004. The number of violent crimes -- homicides, rapes, robberies and assaults -- in Costa Mesa dropped from 304 in 2003 to 284 last year, a 6.6% drop. Newport Beach statistics were not included in the report, which surveyed 79 jurisdictions with populations of 100,000 or more.
LOCAL
By Lauren Vane | June 14, 2006
An FBI report released this week showed that violent crime increased more than 7% during 2005 in Costa Mesa, but city officials said that since those statistics were recorded, crime in the city has dropped. Compared with numbers in 2004, reported assaults increased by 21.3%, and burglary and thefts from motor vehicles increased by more than 20%, according to the report. Although any increase in crime is a cause for concern, recent city statistics point to a falling crime rate, Costa Mesa Police Chief John Hensley said.
NEWS
By Joseph Serna | January 13, 2009
Newport Beach police saw a significant increase in identity thefts and counterfeiting in 2008 compared to a year before, while, according to FBI statistics, Costa Mesa began seeing fewer property crimes and burglaries in 2008. According to the FBI’s twice-yearly report released this week, violent crime nationally looks to be decreasing. The bureau compares statistics from the first half of 2007 and first half of 2008 for cities of 100,000 people or more. Data for Newport Beach, which is less than 100,000 in population, were not available through the FBI, but through the police department.
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By Lauren Williams, lauren.williams@latimes.com | May 28, 2011
Editor's note: This corrects the headline. COSTA MESA — An aging population, community policing and less disposable income to spend on vice are among the reasons experts believe violent crime dropped in the city by 21%, despite a poor economy and smaller police force. Newly released FBI statistics show that there were 64 fewer reported violent crimes in Costa Mesa. The total number of such crimes went from 304 in 2009 to 240 in 2010. During this time, the police force shrank from 164 officers three years ago to 139 now. In separate interviews, Costa Mesa's top chief and a criminologist at UC Irvine both suggested that bad economic times do not necessarily lead to a surge in crime.
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From the Los Angeles Times | June 11, 2012
Looking to avoid becoming a crime statistic? Move to Irvine. In 2011, for the eighth year in a row, the Orange County city had the lowest violent crime rate of any U.S. city with a population larger than 100,000, the FBI said Monday. Irvine -- population 214,872 -- reported only 120 violent crimes last year, the same number as the year before. Among the crimes: two murders, 67 aggravated assaults, 11 rapes and 40 robberies. Random comparison: Similarly sized Modesto had more than 10 times the number of robberies.
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By Colin McCarthy | March 15, 2014
There's been a lot in the news lately about how morale problems at the Costa Mesa Police Department are causing officers to leave thus the city is becoming unsafe. However, the statistics tell a different story. Just this week the FBI released its preliminary crime statistics for major cities from January to June 2013. Not surprisingly, Costa Mesa's crime rate is as at an historic low. Violent crime is down 13% from the first half of 2012, assaults are down 46%. The category my family and I always focus on, burglaries, is down 30%. Some say that crime is down across the board and we should not be surprised to see these figures.
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By Jeremiah Dobruck | January 11, 2014
Sgt. Dave Miner told his colleagues at the Newport Beach Police Department on Thursday that he was dealing with a stubborn burglar. The 10 residential break-ins throughout Newport Coast, Spyglass Hill and Corona del Mar in December were double the number of similar crimes the southern quadrant of the city experienced in the same period a year prior. That afternoon, the sergeant - who is responsible for the safety of what is called Area 4 - stood in front of the police's chief, executive staff, top officers and detectives while he detailed the crimes.
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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
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.
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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.
OCNOW
From the Los Angeles Times | June 11, 2012
Looking to avoid becoming a crime statistic? Move to Irvine. In 2011, for the eighth year in a row, the Orange County city had the lowest violent crime rate of any U.S. city with a population larger than 100,000, the FBI said Monday. Irvine -- population 214,872 -- reported only 120 violent crimes last year, the same number as the year before. Among the crimes: two murders, 67 aggravated assaults, 11 rapes and 40 robberies. Random comparison: Similarly sized Modesto had more than 10 times the number of robberies.
NEWS
January 20, 2012
A white Costa Mesa man was convicted of a hate crime for an unprovoked attack on two Latinos outside a convenience store, authorities said Friday. Chad Jurjaks, 31, pleaded guilty to two felony counts of a hate crime causing injury in connection with his March attack on two men at a Costa Mesa 7-Eleven, the Orange County district attorney's office said. Jurjaks yelled "F--- Mexicans!" as he punched the two men, each in the head, without provocation, the D.A.'s office said.
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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 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 Lauren Williams, lauren.williams@latimes.com | May 28, 2011
Editor's note: This corrects the headline. COSTA MESA — An aging population, community policing and less disposable income to spend on vice are among the reasons experts believe violent crime dropped in the city by 21%, despite a poor economy and smaller police force. Newly released FBI statistics show that there were 64 fewer reported violent crimes in Costa Mesa. The total number of such crimes went from 304 in 2009 to 240 in 2010. During this time, the police force shrank from 164 officers three years ago to 139 now. In separate interviews, Costa Mesa's top chief and a criminologist at UC Irvine both suggested that bad economic times do not necessarily lead to a surge in crime.
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