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From thefts to homicide and hate crimes: Nearly all major crimes up in city of San Diego in 2021


In his State of the State speech, Governor Gavin Newsom talked about the need to address rising crime rates in California, saying that while the state is funding law enforcement and prosecutors to solve and investigate crimes, “We’re also investing hundreds of millions in new programs to tackle the root causes of crime. Doubling down on proven violence prevention programs. That is the California way,” he said.

San Diego city leaders found out Monday just how much crime has risen in the city in the last year. San Diego police leaders presented statistics showing crime increased 13% in 2021. Almost all major crimes saw increases, from vehicle thefts to homicides. Hate crimes increased a startling 77%.

The cause, according to San Diego Police Chief David Nisleit, is frustration and anger over COVID-19 disruptions to normal life.


The San Diego Union-Tribune reporter Lyndsay Winkley joined Midday Edition Wednesday to talk about the crime rate and what city leaders have to say about it.

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