Californians Aren't Killing Each Other as Much as They Used To

Categories: Crime
There is more peace in California these days.
Early data indicates that homicides in California dropped to a 44-year low in 2010, declining 9.6 percent from 2009, according to Attorney General Kamala Harris.

Of course, law enforcement shouldn't pull out the champagne just yet, since the drop accounts for only 89 agencies that reported just 65 percent of crimes committed in California. It's possible that when taking other agencies into account, the numbers might look different.

But among those 89 agencies, San Francisco Police Department included, violent crimes including rape, robbery, and aggravated assault dropped as well. The only increase was larceny -- by 0.7 percent. San Francisco went against the state trend, having a slightly higher crime rate in 2010, with 48 homicides compared to 45 in 2009.

The state collects these statistics to establish trends annually. We checked out "Homicide in California 2009" over lunch and found some interesting information to chew on.

The most common murder scene in California among men involves gang members killing each other. That accounts for 46 percent of homicides. Roughly 70 percent of all homicides are committed using firearms, and the majority of these take place on a street or sidewalk.

Women, on the other hand, are more often killed by domestic violence -- 41 percent of female homicides -- mostly occurring in the home.

The majority of all homicide victims were killed by someone they knew -- a friend, an acquaintance, or family member. Fewer than 30 percent were killed by a stranger.

If you're aged 19 to 29, watch your back. Firearms were used on 84 percent of victims in that age range. But for those who are 40 and older, you're just as likely to be killed with knives, hands and feet, or blunt objects.

Now doesn't that make you want to believe in the Rapture?

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