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California Crime Statistics Fall Overall

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Sacramento, CA — The Attorney General´s Office has released the state´s crime figures for last year.

The numbers show a 5% drop in violent crime from 2003, while showing a 1% increase in property crimes. Auto thefts jumped by 2.6%.

In the Bay Area, Berkeley posted the largest decrease in violent crime with a drop of 39.8%. In San Francisco however, there was an increase of .6% while Oakland´s violent crime rate fell by 8.2%.

Attorney General Bill Lockyer credits the overall drop in crime to advances in technology and stronger crime-fighting tools.