This report compares preliminary counts of crimes for the first six months of 1997 with those of the same period in 1996 for jurisdictions with a population of 100,000 or more. It is estimated that the 70 jurisdictions which meet this criterion account for approximately 65 percent of the crimes reported in the state.
The jurisdictions are grouped into three categories:
Data used in this report are not adjusted by population. Statewide adjusted data (rates) are included in the annual Crime and Delinquency in California publication.
The CALIFORNIA CRIME INDEX (CCI) offenses are homicide, forcible rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, and motor vehicle theft. During the first six months of 1997, the number of reported offenses dropped 8.2 percent when compared with the same period in 1996.
Homicide - The willful (nonnegligent) killing of one human being by another. Murder and nonnegligent manslaughter comprise this category.
The number of homicides reported for the first six months of 1997 decreased 18.3 percent compared to the same period in 1996.
Forcible rape - The carnal knowledge of a female forcibly and against her will. Assaults or attempts to commit rape by force or threat of force are included.
There was no percent change in the number of reported forcible rapes for the first half of 1997 compared to the same period in 1996.
Robbery - The taking or attempting to take anything of value from the care, custody, or control of a person or persons by force or threat of force or violence and/or by puttng the victim in fear.
In the first six months of 1997, reported robberies decreased 14.0 percent in number compared to the same period in 1996.
Aggravated assault - The unlawful attack by one person upon another for the purpose of inflicting severe or aggravated bodily injury. This type of assault is usually accompanied by the use of a weapon or by means likely to produce death or great bodily harm.
The number of aggravated assaults reported in the first six months of 1997 decreased 2.9 percent compared to the same period in 1996.
Burglary - The unlawful entry of a structure to commit a felony or a theft. Attempted burglary is included.
In the first six months of 1997, the number of reported burglaries decreased 8.5 percent compared to the same period in 1996.
Motor vehicle theft - The theft or attempted theft of a motor vehicle.
There was a 9.3 percent decrease in the number of motor vehicle thefts reported in the first six months of 1997 compared to the same period in 1996.
The following table contains preliminary counts of crimes with those of the same period in the previous year for jurisdictions with a population of 100,000 or more.
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