SLO makes top 10 crime surging list
February 12, 2015
While crime rates in the United States have been dropping for two decades, in the past five years the San Luis Obispo and Paso Robles area has recorded a 48.3 percent increase in violent crime. [24/7 Wall St.]
Between 1991 and 2013, violent crime in the United States – which includes murder, rape, robbery and aggravated assault – fell by nearly 52 percent. According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Bismarck, North Dakota had the greatest increase of violent crime with a rate that grew by nearly 160 percent — from 222.1 cases per 100,000 people in 2009 to 575.5 in 2013.
The San Luis Obispo and Paso Robles area was ranked sixth with a 48.3 percent increase in violent crime over five years. In 2009, the area had 260.5 violent crimes per 100,000 residents which soared to 386.5 per 100,000 people in 2013.
The increase in the San Luis Obispo and Paso Robles violent crime rate was driven primarily by an increase in aggravated assaults, which grew by nearly 71 percent between 2009 and 2013 to 316.8 per 100,000 residents. Other types of violent crimes did not have a notable increase over the same period of time.