Report: Violent Crime Up Slightly In Calif.

SACRAMENTO (AP) — State officials report that violent crimes slightly increased in California last year, but that crime rates remain at historic lows.

The annual “Crime in California” report released Friday shows that there were 160,629 violent crimes in 2012, nearly 3 percent more than the 155,313 violent crimes in 2011.

The report emphasized that despite the uptick, the 2012 rates remain at half their levels 20 years ago.

The yearly report is compiled by the California Department of Justice and is based on data from police and sheriff’s departments in all of the state’s 58 counties.

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