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|April 22, 2018|
Crime rates demonstrate opposing trends
INLAND EMPIRE - (INT) – Crime stats for 2017 are in and they are a mixed bag for San Bernardino County.
Overall crime in areas under the protection of the county sheriff’s department fell about 1 percent. The number of reported property crimes were unchanged from 2016, but violent crimes led by a spike in homicides rose 7 percent for a total of 57. There was a 12 percent decrease in reported burglaries.
There was a wide variation among the cities that contract with the sheriff’s department for police protection.
Crimes rates in Apple Valley and Yucaipa were down up to 14 percent. Grand Terrace recorded an increase of 25 percent while Hesperia was hit by a 14 percent increase.
The city with the biggest increase was Big Bear Lake where crime rose 36 percent. Assaults in the mountain resort town accounted for a 123 percent rise.
Even the affluent city of Chino Hills could not avoid a 9 percent increase in reported crime during 2017.
Story Date: April 16, 2018