While most serious crimes dropped in 2013, one category -- burglaries -- increased so much it moved the totals down only 1 percent year-over-year, according to statistics provided by the Orange County Sheriff’s Department.
Patch asked the department for statistics detailing serious, or Part 1 crimes, which are homicide, rape, robbery, assault, burglary, larceny and auto theft.
In 2012, there were 45 assaults reported in San Clemente. In 2013, that number dropped to 32.
Also trending downward were rapes, auto thefts and robberies.
Specifically, reported rapes dropped 50 percent, from six to three. Auto thefts, with 61 in 2012, dropped 13 percent in 2013, to 53. The number of reported robberies dropped 12 percent, from 24 to 21.
Only one crime category saw increases. Reported burglaries were up 19 percent, from 175 in 2012 to 209 in 2013.