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New FBI Crime Statistics for Valley Cities

Angela Monroe

New FBI Crime Statistics for Valley Cities

CREATED Oct. 29, 2012

The FBI says violent crime nationwide is down for the fifth year in a row, and property crime is down for the ninth year in a row.
We looked back at crime statistics for the nine valley cities for the past five years.
What we found is that crime is down for most cities from 2007 levels -but not all- and property crimes are higher for almost every city from 2010.

Some people say crime in their neighborhood is going down.
"In my neighborhood it has been really good, surprisingly good, and nothing has happened in the last two or three years," said Roger, an Indio resident.
But others say, "I think it's going up," said Laura Alvarez, also an Indio resident.
Laura was even the victim of a property crime.
"In my neighborhood it is not really safe sometimes."
Here's a look at the valley-wide breakdown of violent crime numbers by city starting in 2007.
The FBI does warn against ranking cities.
And remember they are different sizes: Indio the largest, followed by Cathedral City and then Palm Desert.

Violent Crime          2007        2008        2009        2010         2011

Cathedral  City           204        241           203           249           226
Coachella                    302        213          255           193           276
Desert Hot Springs     276        315          326           374          334
Indian Wells                     3             1               3               4              0
Indio                              350        390           428           453          430
La Quinta                     209        202           123           137          188
Palm Desert                  92          64              44             48            76
Palm Springs              307        364            297           282         256
Rancho Mirage             27          14              17             17            19
---FBI CRIME STATISTICS


And now here's a look at property crime in the past five years.  As you can see it has dropped from 2007 levels, but rose back up again some by 2011.


Property Crime           2007        2008        2009          2010           2011

Cathedral City            1,787        1,633        1,221        1,505         1,783
Coachella                    1,560        1,651        1,354        1,623         1,697
Desert Hot Springs     1,718        1,570        1,511        1,380         1,463
Indian Wells                    272            212           170            177           151
Indio                              2,830        2,827        2,821        2,729         2,610
La Quinta                     1,620        1,563        1,573        1,288         1,428
Palm Desert                2,914        2,622        1,927        1,911          2,147
Palm Springs              3,519        2,672        2,361        1,973          2,304
Rancho Mirage           1,067           898           604            555             723
--FBI CRIME STATISTICS


Cathedral City Police say these numbers are a useful tool.
"To see whether or not we've had an increase, decrease, or we're staying consistent with population growth and socioeconomic times, and things that are going on in the community, so it helps us as a good barometer," said Lt. Charles Robinson with Cathedral City Police.
But many law enforcement agencies are seeing budget cuts.
"But obviously now with budget cuts and staffing reductions, we're starting to see what looks like an uptick in especially property crimes, lately this summer, appears valleywide we've had a little bit more activity than we've had in past years with our property crimes," said Lt. Robinson.
And while police use their resources to address those crimes, they also recommend people take precautions by locking doors, windows, garage doors and not leaving valuables in plain sight.

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