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San Diego Police Chief: Upped Burglary Rate No Cause For Alarm

A new report indicates violent crime is going down in San Diego, but burglaries are going up. KPBS reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.

San Diego Police Chief: Upped Burglary Rate No Cause For Alarm

A new report indicates violent crime is going down in San Diego, but burglaries are going up. KPBS reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.

The number of homicides and rapes went down by about 18 percent from last year. Law enforcement officials are encouraged by the decline, but they are concerned about the increase of burglaries in San Diego neighborhoods. There were 3,800 burglaries since January, an increase of 7.8 percent from last year. Armed robberies are also on the rise.

Police Chief William Lansdowne says the trend isn't that alarming considering there are over a million people living in the city. 

Lansdowne : It only takes a couple of people committing burglaries or robberies to really boost those numbers. And we've kind of highlighted that with our evidence collection with to be able to quickly identify them and arrest them. So I think we will be able to work on that for the rest of the year.

Lansdowne says he'll also continue working to attract new police recruits.

Ana Tintocalis, KPBS News.