Violent Crime Spikes in Anaheim But Down in Most of OC and Irvine Remains Safest U.S. City

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What does Anaheim have in common with El Cajon, Temecula, Ventura and San Bernardino?

I mean besides the exact same strip malls, fast-food joints and foreclosure signs.

It's the distinction of being a Southern California city with more than 100,000 residents and a significant spike in violent crime.

Anaheim reported a 10 percent jump in violent crime, going from 1,161 in 2010 to 1,281 last year, according to the FBI's annual preliminary Uniform Crime Report, which also shows murders jumped from 7 in '10 to 15 in '11, forcible rapes increased from 88 to 105, and robberies spiked from 574 to 715 in the city of 340,218.

By the way, this is the same collection of FBI data that concluded Irvine was the safest city in the U.S. for the eighth straight year. With a population of 214,872, Irvine had only 120 reports of violent crimes in both 2010 and 2011.

At least Toontown can still say it's not the unsafest city in the U.S.--heck, not even SoCal. Murder, forcible rape, robbery and aggravated assault--the fearsome foursome that composes violent crime--rose 37 percent in El Cajon, 28 percent in Temecula, 24 percent in Ventura and 15 percent in San Bernardino in 2011.

Thomas W. Ward, a USC anthropology professor and author of Gangsters Without Borders, which is about the Salvadoran gang MS-13, blames the spikes on gangs increasingly crime-ing it up, even in areas not used to such mayhem.

"There are spikes in activity often in places that did not see very much gang activity in the past," Ward reportedly tells KNBC News 4. "Gang members are moving into new areas to get away from problems they're having. . . . It only takes a few cases to make the numbers jump out."

Also showing an uptick in violent crime from 2010 to 2011, according to the FBI stats, was Anaheim-adjacent Orange (pop. 138,020, up from 150 to 157), while Long Beach (pop. 467,691) had such nonsense rise from 2,720 to 2,857. Where did many of these violent crimes take place? Anaheim Street. Coincidence?

Meanwhile, other Orange County cities mirrored the overall U.S., where violent crimes were down 4 percent in 2011. These include Costa Mesa (pop. 111,253) from 240 to 231; Fullerton (136,750) from 425 to 306; Garden Grove (172,892) from 539 to 449; Huntington Beach (192,226) from 449 to 406; and, yes haters, even Santa Ana (328,323) from 1,510 to 1,313.

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WideStance
WideStance

You might want to retrace my interesting web journey- I visited the home pages of Housing Agencies from Orange County, Santa Ana, Garden Grove, and Anaheim.-

SA:" Not currently accepting Applications-Wait List Closed"

OC "Not Accepting Applications Now" (Has links to Anaheim, SA, GG)

GG"Currently not accepting new Applications"

Anaheim "Welcome - Here's how to apply......."

And the city is falling over itself with variances, etc for the MULTI STORY So-Called "Platinum Triangle housing that displaced industry on Katella Ave - After packing all this high density near the worst OC intersection (Orange Crush) of 3 freeways, will the developers leave with all the 'platinum' and rechristen the new "Plutonium Triangle"??? The other Anaheim problem areas, as well as those in Santa Ana, and elsewhere, weren't BUILT to be problems, but didn't have enough vision to AVOID it, either! History repeats?????

mitch young
mitch young

I believe 'developers' are the leading contributors to municipal and county candidates for office. Oh, and 'development' "creates jobs". Remember this phrase, Mr. or Mrs. Pena "privatized profits, socialized costs".

Tpena95
Tpena95

To Mitch:The Anaheim City Council Is always crying that they have to cut back on services and put firetrucks out of service and hire private contractors so they can save.What do they go do approve 2 new High Rise Hotels that are still in the works and a bunch of condos over by the Angel Stadium...They the Council will never have enough for anything if they keep on building and building, They will never have enough services ever ENOUGH IS ENOUGH........

Dave
Dave

I was responding to his claim that Anaheim is overcrowded because of low income wages. My point was that most employees probably come from cities, not Anaheim.

mitch young
mitch young

Say's law -- supply creates it's own demand. Mass immigration of nice, hard working, but low education and low skilled folks creates a large supply of hotel maids, groundskeepers, burger flippers, who will work for cheap. Businesses respond to that. If Disney had to pay, say, $26 / hour to attract a chambermaid, versus $13 dollars and hour, they'd build less.

Dave
Dave

What percentage do you think lives and works in Anacrime? Probably pretty low. I would say a higher percentage lives in Santa Ana and commutes on the bus to Anaheim.

Tpena95
Tpena95

The problem is Anaheim creates minimum wage jobs,especially in the service sector area.Then those workers double up in low income apartments and creats a dense overpopulated area wich overflows to adjoining neighorhood.Stop creating low level jobs..City Council needs to put a end to all of it...Anaheim is are alredy ""OVERCROWDED"

Paul
Paul

I dont believe that the crime is truly down. I think they may be manipulating the numbers by the way they report the crimes and reduce them in the severity. This has been done before. 

mitch young
mitch young

"What does Anaheim have in common with El Cajon, Temecula, Ventura and San Bernardino?" An influx of Mexicans and those of even darker hue?

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