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Murders Up in California in 2002

Crime and particularly murders increased through the first nine months of last year in California´s major population centers. The 5 percent overall increase through September is led by a nearly 8 percent jump in property crime. But violent crimes increased less than 1 percent.

The largest increase is in homicides, up 13.1 percent led by spikes in Oakland and Los Angeles. While more than half of the jurisdictions saw fewer murders, overall there were 164 more homicides than over the same period in 2001.

The report by the state Justice Department feeds law enforcement officials´ lobbying against budget cuts during the state´s fiscal crisis.