This report compares preliminary crime counts for the first six months of 1999 with those of the same period in 1998 for jurisdictions with populations of 100,000 or more. It is estimated that the 76 jurisdictions which meet this criterion account for approximately 65 percent of the crimes reported in the state. Six agencies were unable to meet the cutoff date for 1999 data submission. Available data for these agencies are shown on the following table but are not included in the totals used in the narrative.
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.
CALIFORNIA CRIME INDEX offenses are homicide, forcible rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, and motor vehicle theft. During the first six months of 1999, the number of reported offenses dropped 15.3 percent when compared to the same period in 1998.
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 1999 decreased 6.0 percent compared to the same period in 1998.
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.
Reported forcible rapes decreased 3.0 percent in number for the first half of 1999 compared to the same period in 1998.
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 1999, reported robberies decreased 12.8 percent in number compared to the same period in 1998.
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 1999 decreased 5.1 percent compared to the same period in 1998.
Burglary - The unlawful entry of a structure to commit a felony or a theft. Attempted burglary is included.
In the first six months of 1999, the number of reported burglaries decreased 21.9 percent compared to the same period in 1998.
Motor vehicle theft - The theft or attempted theft of a motor vehicle.
There was a 16.5 percent decrease in the number of motor vehicle thefts reported in the first six months of 1999 compared to the same period in 1998.
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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CRIMES REPORTED FOR SELECTED CALIFORNIA JURISDICTIONS [PDF 11 kb / 6 pg]