Incidents of homicide were down across the city and state between 2003 and 2004, according to figures from state Department of Justice. In 2004, there were two homicides in the city of Santa Clarita compared with three in 2003, six in 2002 and three in 2001. Statewide the total number of homicides declined to 2,394 in 2004 from 2,402 in 2003, according to the Department of Justice’s Homicide in California 2004 report. The report details information about the crime of homicide and its victims, demographic data on persons arrested for homicide, and information about the response of the criminal justice system. “Over the past 10 years, the homicide crime rate has decreased 40.9 percent while California’s population continues to explode,” Attorney General Bill Lockyer said in a statement. “Nearly 60 percent of those arrested for homicide last year were between the ages of 18 and 29, the age group which accounts for more than one-fifth of the state’s adult population.” According to the report, when the victim-offender relationship in the homicide was known, 48.5 percent of victims were friends or acquaintances of offenders.
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