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Homicide is down but other crime is up in California

On Behalf of | May 10, 2024 | Criminal Defense

Crime rates in California show some interesting trends. For one thing, a recent study found a decline in homicides. They had fallen by about 6.1% when analyzing the data from 2022. For the two years prior to this, homicides had been going up, so researchers were encouraged by this change in trend.

However, for many other types of crime, the rates continue to go up. For example, violent crime overall went up by about 5.7%. This meant that there were 495 violent crimes for every 100,000 California residents. The year prior, it had been 468. Aggravated assault also increased by 5.2% and theft with force went up by a stark 9.9%. Rape cases did go down, but only by a very small 0.1%, so researchers declared that they were “essentially the same.”

What influences crime rates?

Economic conditions are often the reason for various crime rates. For example, one would expect more cases of theft by force in an economic recession. People would not have the income they were used to and may decide to steal money, food or other assets simply because they feel they have no choice.

Economic issues also lead to a lot of drug crimes. The distribution of drugs can be a significant financial driver, and people may turn to it if they feel that they don’t have any other options. This is why those who are jailed for drug crime convictions will often reoffend when they get out. Having a felony on their record prevents them from getting any other job.

If you’re facing serious criminal charges this year, you need to be sure that you are well aware of your defense options.