Its low, although violent crime is increasing in California

Violent crimes increased in California and across the nation before year, based on FBI data.

But the number of homicides and assaults, among other violence, still stays well below historic peaks.

Nevertheless, nearly 11 percent grown nationwide in 2015.

This program compiles data on homicides, aggravated assault, car thefts and other offenses.

In California, the rate of violent crimes per 100,000 people increased to 426.3 from 396.1 the year before.

In San Gabriel Valley cities, violent crime increased by 18.1 percent from 2014 to 2015 and property crimes went up by 9.9 percent during that same interval.

The number of violent crimes reported in Pasadena increased by 8.6 percent, and by 16.9 percent in West Covina. Property crime in those cities grown by 6.5 percent and 5.3 percent, respectively.

UC Irvine professor Charis Kubrin of the department of criminology, society and law, warned the numbers may seem alarming but “there’s no signs of a national murder tide.”

Instead, crime trends have held steady, she said.

“It’s crucial to remember that at the close of the day, even with this particular increase, we’re still lower than 30 years ago,” Kubrin said. In California, should you look at major cities with populations over 400,000, the state has fared well”

La, for instance, saw an uptick in murders in the entire year before, but the speed has stayed at seven murders per 100,000 residents. By comparison, Kubrin noted, the murder rate in Milwaukee Chicago, Philadelphia and other cities is much higher.

A study released by the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law assessed crime data in the 30 biggest cities in 2015 and found that offense general remained the same as in 2014, but murder had increased by 14 percent. Three cities — Baltimore, Chicago and Washington, D.C. — were responsible for half of that increase.

Nationally, agencies reported a nearly 4 percent increase in the number of violent crimes and a 2.6 percent decrease in the estimated number of property crimes for 2015, compared with the preceding year.

California’s violent and property crime rates increased by about 8 percent each in 2015 compared with 2014.

“It isn’t unusual for crime rates to ‘rebound around’ a bit, and given that people stay at historically low levels of crime, I wouldn’t be too concerned,” George Tita, a UC Irvine professor of criminology, law and society, said within an e-mail.

In this year’s report, FBI Director James Comey said the agency is working toward creating a database chronicling events of police use of force.

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