California Homicide Total Up 8 Percent Last Year

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California’s murder total jumped by nearly 8 percent last year, and the overall crime rate increased slightly as compared to 2001, says the Associated Press.

In 2002, aggravated assaults fell 4.8 percent, continuing a downward trend from the previous year. But homicides jumped 7.9 percent, and motor vehicle thefts rose 8.6 percent, according to the state attorney general’s office. Property crime rates jumped 4.9 percent and forcible rapes increased by 1.4 percent.


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