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The rate of violent crimes in Silicon Valley and California increased slightly in 2012.
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Violent Crimes
Violent Crime Rate
Santa Clara & San Mateo Counties and California
Note:

Violent crimes include homicide, forcible rape, robbery and aggravated assault.

Data source:

California Department of Justice

California Department of Finance

Analysis:

Silicon Valley Institute for Regional Studies

The majority of violent crimes in Silicon Valley are aggravated assault and robbery.
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Violent Crimes
Breakdown of Violent Crimes By Type
Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties, 2012
Data source:

California Department of Justice

Office of the Attorney General

Analysis:

Silicon Valley Institute for Regional Studies

The total number of public safety officers in Silicon Valley continues a downward trend.
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Public Safety Officers
Total Number of Public Safety Officers
Silicon Valley
Data source:

California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training

Analysis:

Silicon Valley Institute for Regional Studies

Figure 54: Substantiated cases of child abuse inched up in Silicon Valley as social service employee numbers slipped
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Child Abuse
Substantiated Cases of Child Abuse per 1,000 Children
Silicon Valley and California
Note:

The recent decline in cases from 2007 to 2010 can be explained in part by large funding cuts in social services programs for children. Social services employee figures are reported by fiscal year.

Data source:
California Department of Social Services, UC Berkeley Center for Social Services Research San Mateo County Human Service Agency Santa Clara County Budget Reports
Analysis:
Collaborative Economics
Figure 55: Felony offenses continue a downward trend
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Felony Offenses
Felony Offenses per 100,000 Adults and Juveniles
Santa Clara & San Mateo Counties and California
Note:

Felony offenses include violent, property, and drug offenses

Data source:
California Department of Justice
Analysis:
Collaborative Economics
Figure 56: Adult felony drug offense rate hits decade low, as rehabilitation clients tick up
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Adult Drug & Alcohol Rehabilitation Clients
Santa Clara & San Mateo Counties

* 2011 felony drug offense data is not available.

Note:

Rehabilitation figures are reported by fiscal year.

Data source:
California Department of Justice Santa Clara County Department of Alcohol & Drug Services Alcohol & Drug Services Research Institute San Mateo County Human Services Agency, Planning & Evaluation
Analysis:
Collaborative Economics
Figure 57: Juvenile felony drug offenses inch up, as rehabilitation clients remain substantial
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Juvenile Drug & Alcohol Rehabilitation Clients
Santa Clara & San Mateo Counties

* 2011 felony drug offense data is not available.

Note:

Rehabilitation figures are reported by fiscal year.

Data source:
California Department of Justice Santa Clara County Department of Alcohol & Drug Services Alcohol & Drug Services Research Institute San Mateo County Human Services Agency, Planning & Evaluation
Analysis:
Collaborative Economics
Figure 58: Assault rate remains lower in the region than the state, but has inched up while state levels drop
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Assault Cases
Number of Assault Cases per 100,000 Males and Females
Santa Clara & San Mateo Counties and Rest of California
Data source:
California Department of Public Health Department of Finance
Analysis:
Collaborative Economics