San Diego Suburb Records 24 Percent Crime Hike

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http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/northcounty/20030604-9999_1mc4hicrime.html Vista, Ca., near San Diego, reports that its crime total rose 24 percent last year. The San Diego Union-Tribune says that "The mayor blames the economy. Sheriff's officials say it's a glut of shoplifters. Townsfolk say a sharp spike in crime here last year can be due to many factors, ranging from too few deputies to too many delinquents." No city in the San Diego area saw an upswing as pronounced as Vista. Property crime . . .

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