After two years of decline, the number of violent crimes in California rose by 10% in 2015, although the overall crime rate remained among the lowest in decades.
The numbers were up in all major categories of violent crime compared with those of 2014, according to reports released Friday by the state attorney general’s office.
Homicides increased 9.7%, and robbery and aggravated assault climbed by more than 8%.
Hate crimes followed the same trend, with a 10.4% jump. The vast majority of the uptick involved religious bias. Anti-Muslim and anti-Jewish incidents were up, as were those targeting Latinos.