Violent crimes reported to Glendale police increased 23%, and property crimes were up by 6% in the first six months of 1989 compared with the same period last year.
From January to June, 281 violent crimes were reported, compared with 227 a year earlier. Violent crimes are defined as murder, rape and attempted rape, robbery and aggravated assault.
Reported property crimes increased from 4,200 to 4,447.
Police officials attributed the trend to an increase in gang activity in Glendale and to the city's rising population.
"Where there are more people, you're going to have more crime," Police Sgt. Dean Durand said. "And we have increased gang activity in Glendale, that's for sure."
The city's population is increasing about 3% a year. From January, 1988, to April, 1989, it went up by about 5,500, city officials said. Much of that increase has been in the southern part of the city and among low-income immigrant groups.