Crime in Stockton in 2010, Standings and Ups and Downs

Last year, Stockton was one of about two dozen cities (of 100,000+) in California where crime didn’t fall.

Instead, violent crime rose 8.9 percent. Property crime rose 6.4 percent. The violent crime we track most closely, homicide, rose to 49 in 2010 from 33 in 2009.

This week, the FBI released preliminary figures for crime in 2010. Overall, violent crime declined 5.5 percent and property crime declined 2.8 percent. The data are confined to those U.S. cities with more than 100,000 residents. Among those cities, Stockton had the 10th highest violent crime rate: 13.81 per 1,000 residents. Here are the leaders:

1. Flint: 22.07
2. Detroit: 18.87
3. St. Louis: 17.47
4. New Haven: 15.84
5. Memphis: 15.39
6. Oakland: 15.29
7. Little Rock: 15.21
8. Baltimore: 14.55
9. Rockford (Illinois): 14.53
10. Stockton: 13.81

Again, Stockton recorded the second-highest violent crime rate in the state, behind Oakland. That’s where we tend to stay, even when crime goes down.

In 2009, Stockton’s violent crime rate fell to 12.7 per 1,000 residents, and we were still number two. We were in the national top 10 in 2008, at 14.7 per 1,000. In 2007, violent crime fell in Stockton and we were still number two in California. That year, Stockton had the 18th highest violent crime rate in the country.

Here’s the year-to-year change, by category, in violent crimes reported:

Year Homicide Forcible rape Robbery Aggravated assault
2009 33 82 1,259 2,329
2010 49 107 1,413 2,464

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