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Violent Crime Down in California, Dangerous Drug Arrests Up

Late last Friday, the California Department of Justice released the annual Crime in California Report. Across California, violent crime like murder was down in 2010, but arrests for dangerous drugs, like methamphetamine, phencyclidine (PCP) and barbiturates was up. Violent crime was down in Alameda County too.

According to a press release from the State Attorney General’s office, this is the fourth year in a row that violent crime has decreased across California, decreasing 6.9% from 2009 to 2010.

However, dangerous drug arrests were up 12.2% over the prior year. Arrests for narcotics and marijuana declined.

In Alameda County, violent crime was down 6.4% overall, including a 4.3% decline in homicide and a 5.2% decline in forcible rape. Motor vehicle theft was down 26%.

According to the Alameda Police Department’s website, there was one murder in the city in 2010 compared to 4 in 2009. The number of rapes increased to 15, continuing an increasing trend since 2006, which saw 7 such incidents.

Overall, in Alameda, violent crime was roughly flat between 2009 and 2010, and “Part 2” offenses, such as simple assault, weapons offenses and DUIs was down 10%.

The state report is available online here and the Alameda Police Department statistics are available here.

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