Crime continued to plunge in San Diego last year, following a national trend of large cities that are growing safer despite a sour economy, the San Diego Union-Tribune reports. “San Diegans are less likely to be victims of crime now than anytime since 1963,” said Mayor Jerry Sanders. Overall crime in the city fell by nearly 18 percent in 2009. Homicides were down 25.5 percent, with 41 last year, compared with 55 in 2008.
While tough economic times haven't seemed to have much of an impact on crime overall, police are seeing an increase in domestic-violence incidents and potential suicides linked to financial stresses, Police Chief William Lansdowne said. Domestic-violence incidents rose 4.8 percent last year. olice officials attributed part of the overall crime reduction to a renewed focus on curfew violations and gang crime. Lansdowne said the continuing reduction in crime is notable, but challenges are on the horizon as budget cuts have reduced staffing levels and are sure to affect response times.