Fresno County counted many more aggravated assaults and car thefts in 2010 than in 2009, according to a statewide crime report issued Friday.
Unlike the state of California, which saw drops in violent and property crimes for the fourth year in a row, Fresno County's crime rates rose last year, the California Department of Justice said in its annual report.
The rate of violent crimes in Fresno County increased by 4.9%, while property crimes increased by 16.3%, according to the DOJ.
Homicide, robbery, motor vehicle theft and rape have all dropped at least 7% statewide since 2010, but in Fresno, the rates for motor vehicle theft and aggravated assault had double-digit increases. Motor vehicle thefts rose by 26.5% and aggravated assaults by 11.2%.
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Since peaking statewide in 1989, the DOJ has reported a 62% decrease in motor vehicle thefts.
There was some good news in the DOJ report for Fresno County: the rate of homicides declined by 9.6% and robberies by 6.9% last year.
In January after the DOJ released data showing higher crime rates for the first half of 2010, Clovis, Sanger and Fresno officials blamed the trend on early releases from the Fresno County Jail.
Thefts have been on the rise since August 2009, when staff cutbacks forced the jail to begin releasing nonviolent offenders. Fresno police reported earlier in the year that car thieves were being released almost as soon as they were booked.
The jail's ability to hold suspects and the increase in car thefts are directly linked, Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer said in January.
Dyer and Fresno County Sheriff Margaret Mims could not be reached to comment Saturday.