Most Orange County Cities Saw Increase in Crimes Last Year

According to the FBI's annual report released Monday, violent and property crimes increased in most Orange County cities last year, following a scary trend throughout the state. 

Violent crimes in Irvine alone - including murder, manslaughter, rape, robbery and aggravated assault, increased from 152 in 2016 to 169 in 2017. 

The FBI considers several factors in recording crime data, such as economic conditions, the effectiveness of law enforcement and crime reporting from citizens. 

Many other Orange County cities experienced upticks in crime. Here is a list of of just some of the numbers scaring residents into never leaving their house:

  • Anaheim, violent crimes increased from 1,209 to 1,253.
  • Brea, violent crimes rose from 92 to 114.
  • Buena Park, violent crimes increased from 249 to 292 last year, and robberies up from 78 to 96.
  • Fullerton, violent crimes dropped, but property crimes rose from 3,599 to 3,952.
  • Garden Grove, violent crimes went from 545 to 602, property crimes up from 4,322 to 4,348.
  • Huntington Beach, violent crimes jumped from 362 to 461, rapes up from 55 to 75 and robberies from 76 to 95. 
  • La Habra, violent crimes jumped from 102 to 137, aggravated assaults up from 58 to 81.
  • Lake Forest, violent crimes up from 102 to 137.
  • Mission Viejo, violent crimes up from 75 to 101 last year. Rapes nearly doubled from seven to 13.
  • In Newport Beach, violent crimes rose from 110 in 2016 to 124 last year.
  • San Clemente saw a jump in violent crimes from 75 to 91.
  • Seal Beach violent crimes up from 28 to 45, and property crimes up 546 to 643.

Violent crimes are also significantly up in these Los Angeles County cities; Valley Village, Westwood, Hancock Park, Pico-Union, West LA and University Park. 

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