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Violent crime on increase in Scottsdale

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Posted: Tuesday, September 25, 2007 11:59 pm | Updated: 6:58 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

Outpacing national statistics, Scottsdale saw an 8.6 percent increase in violent crimes last year, according to FBI statistics released Monday.

Violent crime incidents increased from 465 in 2005 to 505 last year, federal uniform crime reports show.

During that time, the population increased by 2 percent, or 5,313 people, from 229,339 in 2005 to 234,652 in 2006.

Crimes categorized as violent by the FBI are homicide, rape, robbery and aggravated assault.

The uniform crime reports show crime statistics for cities throughout the United States. Initially released in June, the 2006 numbers were finalized in a report Monday.

Scottsdale experienced five homicides last year, one more than in 2005. There were three fewer aggravated assaults in 2006.

Scottsdale, where residents have “nice things to take,” according to what police Chief Alan Rodbell told a group of residents at a recent public safety meeting, saw a 7.5 percent property crime increase, according to the report.

During 2006, there were 8,315 property crimes, compared to 7,733 in 2005, according to the report.

The city also saw an 8.6 percent drop in burglaries, the biggest decrease in all categories of crime. In 2006, there were 1,721 burglaries reported, 148 less than 2005.

The city, which has an aggressive program to combat vehicle theft, using about three dozen bait vehicles strategically placed at theft hot spots throughout the city, experienced 1,118 auto thefts in 2006, 43 less than in 2005, according to the report.

An officer in the Scottsdale Police Department’s crime analysis unit could not be reached for comment.

The FBI also reported 50 arsons in Scottsdale for 2006, 20 more than in 2005.

However, that number is somewhat misleading because it is the total number of fires police responded to and it includes fires in large trash bins and trash can fires in a park, said Jim Ford, deputy chief for the Scottsdale Fire Department.

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