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California Violent Crime Rate Drops For 2010

Publication Date: 
May 27, 2011
San Francisco Chronicle
Demian Bulwa

Professor Robert Weisberg spoke with Demian Bulwa of The San Francisco Chronicle about a recent trend which shows that violents crimes have dropped in the Bay Area, and how to explain it.

Just a few years after killings in the Bay Area's biggest cities lurched upward, the state's homicide rate fell to a 44-year low in 2010, officials said, easing concern that a sour economy might translate into desperation and danger on the streets.

Overall violent crime dropped as well, with the number of homicides, robberies, rapes and assaults down 6.4 percent from 2009, according to preliminary figures that the California Department of Justice collected from the state's biggest police agencies and released this week.


Swanger and others concede, though, that these are only theories. As Robert Weisberg, a criminal justice expert at the Stanford Law School, said, "Nobody has any idea why any of this is happening."