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Violent Crime in State Drops Again, Is Down 26% in 4 Years, Report Shows

Associated Press

State Atty. Gen. Dan Lungren released the latest California crime figures Monday at the annual conference of the California State Sheriffs Assn. here.

Violent crime dropped 7.9% and six overall categories of crime--homicide, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary and vehicle theft--fell 6.9% in California’s 58 counties last year, said Lungren, the Republican nominee for governor.

“Every one of us has a neighbor, a work colleague, a friend, a loved one or a family member who is not a victim of crime due to the fact that we’ve had nearly 800,000 less crimes committed in California in the last four years.”

Last year, homicide dropped 13.3%; rape fell 2.2%; robbery dropped 15%; aggravated assault dropped 4.2%, burglary dropped 5.8%, and vehicle theft dropped 7.3%.

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California’s violent crime rate has fallen 26.2% in the past four years, with nearly a 30% decrease in all categories. Lungren credited the state’s “three strikes” law, which mandates 25 years to life for those convicted of a third violent felony.

Community policing efforts--pairing citizens with law enforcement agencies for community patrols--also have helped, he said. Statistics show the change can’t be dismissed simply because of an improved economy, he said.


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