SACRAMENTO (CBS/AP) — The California homicide rate has dropped to its lowest level since 1966.

State Attorney General Kamala Harris released updated 2010 figures Tuesday and credited law enforcement for the 44-year low.

The 2010 figures are a preliminary update of the annual report “Crime in California 2009” released earlier this year.

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The attorney general says in a news release that the number of homicides reported last year declined 9.6 percent from 2009.

KCBS’ Melissa Culross Reports:

But gang-related homicides, which represent nearly 40 percent of all homicides in the state, jumped 18 percent last year.

Overall, violent crimes fell 6.4 percent. Forcible rape declined 6 percent, robbery dropped 8.9 percent and aggravated assault fell 4.6 percent.

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Comments (3)
  1. Starr says:

    All except Oakland.

  2. jimmy says:

    How is it that 12 of the 9/11 terrorists could live for 2 weeks just 2 miles from NSA head quarters in Maryland.

    This after several of them had taken flight simulator lessons on Jumbo jet trainers and several of them where on State department terror watch lists.

    There is evidence that employees from DoD, CIA and DOJ accepted bribes from Al Quida.

    If DoJ and DoD employees where more concerned with doing their jobs than enriching themselves by stealing from suspects and taking bribes, then there might have been more a chance that 9/11 had never happened.

    1. BOB says:

      jimmy, jimmy, jimmy please your brain has some damage. GET HELP!!!!!

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