Violent Crimes In California: Newest FBI Data For 70 Cities

Violent Crimes In California: Newest FBI Data For 70 Cities

New FBI data shows the number of reported violent crimes in the first half of 2019 for 70 California cities with populations over 100,000.

By Maggie Fusek, Patch Staff

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Violent crimes decreased nationally in the first six months of 2019 compared to the first six months of 2018, according to the FBI. (Shutterstock)

New data from the Federal Bureau of Investigation shows a decline in violent crimes nationally in the first six months of 2019 compared to the same time period in 2018. The law enforcement agency recently published its “Preliminary Semiannual Uniform Crime Report,” which covers crime data from January through June 2019.

The report is based on information from 14,273 law enforcement agencies that submitted three to six months of data for both 2018 and 2019 to the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting Program.

All four of the offenses in the violent crime category — robbery, rape, murder and non-negligent manslaughter, and aggravated assault — showed a decrease in the United States from the first six months of 2019 when compared to the first six months of 2018.

On a national scale, the number of robberies decreased 7.4 percent, rape offenses dropped 7.3 percent, murder and non-negligent manslaughter offenses fell 3.9 percent, and aggravated assault offenses dropped 0.3 percent, according to the law enforcement agencies that reported data to the FBI.

While the FBI’s report released Jan. 20 was preliminary, it did include the total number of violent and other crimes for California cities with a population of 100,000 or greater for the first six months of 2018 — January through June — as well as the first six months of 2019.

See the totals by city here:

The FBI says it does not yet have total figures compiled for 2019.

According to the FBI’s total figures for 2018 in California, there were 1,192 violent crimes — murder, rape, robbery and assault — reported statewide by law enforcement agencies: 578 from January to June of 2018 and 614 for the second half of the year.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation included a caution against the rankings within its report.

“When the FBI publishes crime data via its UCR Program, some entities use the information to compile rankings of cities and counties. Such rankings, however, do not provide insight into the numerous variables that shape crime in a given town, city, county, state, tribal area, or region.”

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