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By Anthony Clark Carpio | January 21, 2013
Violent crimes decreased in Huntington Beach in 2012, but property and overall offenses have increased, according to statistics provided by Huntington Beach Police and the FBI. The number of property crimes - burglaries, larceny, vehicle thefts and arson - rose from 4,610 in 2011 to 6,153. This increase of offenses can be traced to the police department's shrinking staff, according to Capt. Dave Bunetta. "During the past five years, the police department's staffing levels have steadily declined due in part to budgeting constraints," he said in an email.
NEWS
March 2, 2000
--Eron Ben-Yehuda A report released by the state Department of Education this week showed that most local school districts experienced an increase in drug and alcohol offenses, but half saw a decrease in property crimes. The results for violent offenses were mixed. Huntington Beach Union High School had 89 cases involving drugs and alcohol in 1998-1999 compared to 124 the year before. But Huntington Beach City School District found more drugs and alcohol on its campuses, though there were fewer reports of battery, with only 21 instances compared to 36 in 1997-1998.
LOCAL
June 4, 2009
According to preliminary crime statistics released by the FBI this month, Huntington Beach was one of the few cities in Orange County to see an increase in both violent and property crimes last year. Most cities in the state saw a decrease in one or both. The city of Huntington Beach reported that there were three murders in 2008, compared to zero in 2007. There were 388 violent crimes last year, compared to 376 the previous year; in addition to the murders, that number included 33 rapes, up from 29 in 2007; 118 robberies, compared to 102; and 234 aggravated assaults, down from 245 in 2007.
LOCAL
December 8, 2005
But assault, burglary, car theft rates rise.Crime in Huntington Beach declined in most categories in the first half of this year compared to the same period of 2004, although the number of assaults, burglaries and car thefts rose, according to statistics 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 of 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
March 1, 2001
Angelique Flores The Fountain Valley School District stayed well below county and state crime rates in results released Wednesday for the California Safe Schools Assessment for 1999-2000. The Safe Schools Report lists crime rates of districts with more than 999 students enrolled in the categories of crimes against persons, drug and alcohol offenses and property crimes. The Fountain Valley Elementary School District had no crimes to report in more than half of the categories.
NEWS
December 21, 2000
Angelique Flores and Tariq Malik HUNTINGTON BEACH -- Surf City kept its crown this year as one of the safest cities in the nation and No. 1 in Orange County. Crime statistics released Monday by the Federal Bureau of Investigation covering a six-month period between January and June show Huntington Beach ranked sixth out of 205 U.S. cities with populations more than 100,000. "We certainly would like to take all the credit," said Sgt. Janet Perez, spokeswoman for the Huntington Beach Police Department.
NEWS
March 7, 2002
Mike Sciacca Schools in Huntington Beach are relatively safe havens for students, according to a report released by the California Department of Education. The California Safe Schools Assessment reports that schools in Orange County are safer, on average, than schools statewide although there has been a jump in the number of cases of battery, drug and alcohol offenses and weapons offenses. Huntington Beach schools in all three districts had low crime rates compared to Orange County numbers.
NEWS
October 23, 2003
Jenny Marder While crime in Huntington Beach went down overall this year, violent crimes were up 10% and robbery was up 25%, according to a report released by the state attorney general last week. With 2,051 crimes between January and June of this year compared to 2,196 in 2002, crime dropped by 6.6%. The number of violent crimes, however -- rape, robbery and assault -- went from 155 in 2002 to 172 in 2003. Property crimes -- burglaries and auto theft -- rose 2% in the first half of 2003.
LOCAL
By Amanda Pennington | May 4, 2006
Huntington Beach's violent crime rate rose more than 10% last year while property crimes dropped by 6%, according to a preliminary report from the state Department of Justice. The violent crime statistics were based on the number of homicides, forcible rapes, robberies and aggravated assaults reported. A jump in reports of aggravated assaults was responsible for the local rise. Reports of all other violent crimes decreased. Huntington Beach Police Lt. Craig Junginger said the increase was a result of the department correcting its reporting method.
NEWS
January 27, 2000
Angelique Flores HUNTINGTON BEACH -- The city saw a drop in crime last year, according to an FBI report released this week. The number of crimes committed in the city dove from 3,157 in 1998 to to 2,481 in 1999, a 21.4% decrease, the report shows. "We're elated," Councilman Ralph Bauer said. The report includes cities with populations of at least 100,00, which does not include Fountain Valley. Violent crimes -- which include homicide, rape, robbery and assault -- dropped 30.2% from January to June 1999.
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By Anthony Clark Carpio | January 21, 2013
Violent crimes decreased in Huntington Beach in 2012, but property and overall offenses have increased, according to statistics provided by Huntington Beach Police and the FBI. The number of property crimes - burglaries, larceny, vehicle thefts and arson - rose from 4,610 in 2011 to 6,153. This increase of offenses can be traced to the police department's shrinking staff, according to Capt. Dave Bunetta. "During the past five years, the police department's staffing levels have steadily declined due in part to budgeting constraints," he said in an email.
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NEWS
By Mona Shadia | April 11, 2012
The Huntington Beach Police Department plans in the coming months to reduce its patrol officers, respond to fewer accident calls and refer residents to file minor crime reports online as part of a departmental reorganization to make up for budget cuts and a lack of overtime funding. Starting in June, the department plans to reduce the number of per-shift patrol officers from 10 to eight, except on Fridays and Saturday afternoons and evenings, the busiest times for the department, said Capt.
LOCAL
June 4, 2009
According to preliminary crime statistics released by the FBI this month, Huntington Beach was one of the few cities in Orange County to see an increase in both violent and property crimes last year. Most cities in the state saw a decrease in one or both. The city of Huntington Beach reported that there were three murders in 2008, compared to zero in 2007. There were 388 violent crimes last year, compared to 376 the previous year; in addition to the murders, that number included 33 rapes, up from 29 in 2007; 118 robberies, compared to 102; and 234 aggravated assaults, down from 245 in 2007.
LOCAL
By Michael Alexander | October 3, 2007
Violent crime dropped in Huntington Beach last year, according to new data released by the FBI this week. But property crime inched upward from 2005 to 2006. Both were counter to national trends. Police look at such reports closely to identify trends and respond to them, Huntington Beach Police Lt. Dave Bunetta said. But even some of the larger shifts appear to be within the bounds of data over the last several years, he added. Violent crime dropped by about 13% to 407 incidents in 2006, according to the agency’s report.
LOCAL
By Amanda Pennington | May 4, 2006
Huntington Beach's violent crime rate rose more than 10% last year while property crimes dropped by 6%, according to a preliminary report from the state Department of Justice. The violent crime statistics were based on the number of homicides, forcible rapes, robberies and aggravated assaults reported. A jump in reports of aggravated assaults was responsible for the local rise. Reports of all other violent crimes decreased. Huntington Beach Police Lt. Craig Junginger said the increase was a result of the department correcting its reporting method.
NEWS
October 28, 2004
Andrew Edwards Crime in the city jumped slightly in 2003, according to FBI statistics, an increase that police attribute largely to past underreporting of crimes. The FBI's annual report, "Crime in the United States," compiled crime statistics from police agencies across the country. Across the United States, officials concluded that crime as a whole dropped from 2002 to 2003. The FBI reported a 3% dip in violent crime and a fractional decrease in property crimes.
NEWS
April 22, 2004
Crime statistics for Huntington Beach released last week that show a 21.2% increase in violent crime, including a significant rise in the number of rapes, assaults and robberies, bear serious notice but not necessarily serious panic. These numbers can be spun in almost any way. Police often tell us that it may just mean more people reporting crimes. And while that makes us feel safe, and them look good, the numbers can still be disturbing. Rapes rose by 22%, which sounds like an incredibly large increase, but when you consider that it went from 36 reported rapes in 2002 to 44 in 2003 it doesn't sound quite as bad. Aggravated assaults, on the other hand, rose 21%, but that was an increase of 47 reported assaults from 216 in 2002 to 263 in 2003.
NEWS
October 23, 2003
Jenny Marder While crime in Huntington Beach went down overall this year, violent crimes were up 10% and robbery was up 25%, according to a report released by the state attorney general last week. With 2,051 crimes between January and June of this year compared to 2,196 in 2002, crime dropped by 6.6%. The number of violent crimes, however -- rape, robbery and assault -- went from 155 in 2002 to 172 in 2003. Property crimes -- burglaries and auto theft -- rose 2% in the first half of 2003.
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