A representative from the Laguna Beach Police Department has confirmed that both property crime and violent crime rates declined during 2017.

Incidents of violent crime, which include robbery, homicide, assault likely to cause serious injury, and rape fell by 21 percent; this is a stark contrast from 2016, when the city saw an 18 percent jump in these types of crimes.

Incidents of property crime, which include arson, auto theft, burglary and theft, fell by 15 percent during 2017.  LBPD officials believe the drop in property crime is directly linked to increased beach patrol efforts.

The Laguna Beach PD official also noted that while violent crime and property crime rates have fallen, that the city has continued to see upticks in burglary rates.

Officers want to remind all residents and visitors that they should always lock the doors, windows and garages of their homes when they leave.

When someone is arrested for a violent crime, property crime or burglary in Laguna Beach they’ll be taken to the Laguna Beach Jail for booking.

Original article: Violent and property crimes declined in Laguna Beach in 2017, data show

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