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The Good News Is, We're Killing Each Other Less These Days

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Some figures released by California Attorney General Kamala D. Harris today indicate that the homicide rate has gone down 9.6% statewide, and is at its lowest since 1966. Further, California saw a 6.4% overall decline in violent crimes.

The figures represent data gathered by the Department of Justice from the state's largest jurisdictions for 2010. Harris attributes the work of law enforcement for the drop in the statistics: "The decline in homicides and other violent crimes reflects the tireless efforts of our peace officers," notes Harris in a release from her office.

The data is part of a preliminary report on crime in 2010, and is being considered an update to the report "Crime in California 2009." That report showed a 9% decline in the homicide rate between 2008 and 2009, which represented a fourth consecutive year of decline. However, in that same period, the number of gang-related homicides increased 18%; ultimately, in 2009, 40% of all homicides in California included gang-related circumstances as attribution.

The 2010 figures are preliminary, however, for a closer look at the annual crime reports, including homicide, the Attorney General has all of the reports available online.