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Less Crime In The Cities

September 29, 1988|Clipboard researched by Susan Greene and Rick VanderKnyff / Los Angeles Times. Graphics by Doris Shields / Los Angeles Times

According the the California Attorney General's office, Orange County's cities were the scene of 1,283 fewer serious crimes in 1987 than in 1986. The California Crime Index* dropped from 53,085 acts to 51,802, a decrease of 1.2 in the rate per thousand city residents. Here are the results from each city, listed in order of the 1987 rate per thousand residents, from best to worst:

California 1987 Crime Rate Per 1986-'87 Index Thousand** Change Yorba Linda 496 10.8 -.8 San Clemente 472 12.6 -.3 Irvine 1,283 13.1 -1.6 Villa Park 96 13.9 -3.2 Seal Beach 431 15.8 -3.4 La Palma 274 17.0 +2.5 Placentia 725 17.6 -4.1 Cypress 804 18.6 +.8 Fountain Valley 1,055 18.9 even Huntington Beach 3,584 19.1 -2.3 San Juan Capistrano 474 19.4 -2.0 Laguna Beach 480 19.8 -6.4 La Habra 1,037 21.3 +2.5 Los Alamitos 269 22.2 -1.1 Newport Beach 1,557 22.4 +.2 Brea 786 24.0 +1.7 Fullerton 2,953 26.7 +1.6 Orange 2,814 26.8 -2.5 Costa Mesa 2,551 27.8 -3.5 Westminster 2,156 29.2 +.3 Buena Park 2,078 31.4 +1.1 Anaheim 8,573 35.3 -.8 Garden Grove 4,780 35.6 +.7 Santa Ana 8,920 38.5 -3.1 Tustin 1,798 39.3 +.4 Stanton 1,356 47.9 -3.3 ALL CITIES 51,802 27.2 -1.2

*The California Crime Index total includes acts of willful homicide, forcible rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary and motor vehicle theft.

** Based on population as of Jan. 1, 1988.

Source: California Attorney General's Office, Bureau of Criminal Statistics and Special Services

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