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Violent Crime Up, Property Crime Down Through July 2017

Posted on September 20, 2017

Violent Crime Up, Property Crime Down Through July 2017

Tallahassee Reports has learned a public safety update to be provided to the City Commission by Chief DeLeo on September 27th will show that through July 2017, there has been a 6.3% increase in violent crime when compared to 2016.  The report also shows a 15% decrease in property crime in 2017, when compared to 2016. Overall, the reported crime to TPD has decreased by 12.1% since 2016.

The increase in violent crime over the first seven months of the year was driven by aggravated assaults which increased by 11.9% from 544 in 2016 to 609 in 2017.

During this period, murders increased from 5 in 2016 to 7 in 2017. The 7 murders so far this year is significantly down from the 12 murders recorded over the first seven months of 2015.

The 15% decrease in property crime was driven by declines in burglary, larceny, and motor vehicle theft. Motor vehicle theft declined approximately 33% from 601 during the first seven months in 2016 to 399 in 2017.

The total number of reported crimes during this period is down 12.1% from 6,436 in 2016 to 5,660 in 2017. The first seven months of 2015 experienced a total of 5,325 crimes.

Gun Violence

In August, the Tallahassee Police Department concluded its annual review of gun violence for 2016. The analysis determined the violent crimes involving firearms decreased by 32% in 2016, when compared to 2015.

The demographics of those involved in violent crimes involving firearms has stayed consistent. The majority of our victims and suspects are black males between the ages of 18-24. The demographics of victims and suspects have been consistent since 2013, and are consistent with nationwide trends.

The gun violence trends are shown in the graph below:

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8 Responses to Violent Crime Up, Property Crime Down Through July 2017

  1. randomname Reply

    September 20, 2017 at 1:18 pm

    So, why has Cynthia Barber consistently avoided being held responsible for her failures in the realm of public safety? Per Tallahassee Reports’ investigation in June 2016, she received a $49,916 raise, weeks after we found out that violent crime had spiked 16 percent in Leon county. Further, violent crime it still surging. Why was her current position as Assistant Manager of Community Engagement & Public Safety not advertised to ensure the best possible fit before she was chosen for the job? Is Chief DeLeo being given everything he needs? If he is, what does the City of Tallahassee’s public safety counterpart plan to do to combat this problem?

    • MT Reply

      September 20, 2017 at 5:35 pm

      You’re kidding, right? You know she’s a protected insider that goes all the way back to the Green Department days. Does anyone even remember the Green Department? I think it gave rise to TAPP.

      • randomname Reply

        September 20, 2017 at 5:56 pm

        We are on the same page. I’m just trying to reiterate that we are still letting this happen. People are dying and we are still letting it happen.

  2. GLG Reply

    September 20, 2017 at 7:46 pm

    Totally agree with this assessment. Last year we were broken into and robbed twice in the first 6 months of 2016. This year we have only been broken into and robbed once in the first 6 months. THATS A 50% DECREASE IN NON-VIOLENT CRIME. Well done City of Tallahassee. Much safer feeling this year.

  3. Snydley Whiplash Reply

    September 21, 2017 at 5:10 am

    I just want to make it very clear how this works so the casual reader really understands.
    DeLeo actually gathers some very basic rudimentary data and discretely delivers it to upper COT management. Behind the scenes upper COT management then proceeds to spin, edit, and sanitize then delivers it back to DeLeo so he can be blamed or credited with this: “public safety update to be provided to the City Commission by Chief DeLeo on September 27th.”
    And I am just guessing here but most likely email communications are no longer in use for anything important by COT upper management due to the FBI investigation. They may be delivering thumb drives back and forth to get COT shady data to each other . But then their nefarious data will still be retrievable on COT computers by the FBI. Unless they are using personal laptops to read the thumb drives which they take home with them every day.

    • Mike Reply

      September 21, 2017 at 1:08 pm

      Sadly you are probably more correct on internal COT communications than you want to be, Snydley. I’m no insider or even vaguely connected with the city and it’s inner workings, but I’m just making a guess you are pretty close in your speculations. Doubtless all internal communication is taking place through some untraceable (or hope that it’s untraceable) means. And that will probably continue from now on, assuming any subjects of the investigation escape serious penalties (hope not!)
      On the other hand, let’s hope they aren’t reading TR and get some ideas from your inventive suggestions! Good comments and points.

      • Snydely Whiplash Reply

        September 21, 2017 at 2:45 pm

        Someone (FBI, Dr. Jackson, anybody) may wish to submit a public records request/subpoena for any recent tech purchases along with the serial numbers and who the individual tech devices are assigned to. I can not for various reasons.

  4. Daniel Matsunana Reply

    October 3, 2017 at 12:04 am

    Government data almost always, tends to hide more than it reveals. I am sure Snydely’s calculations are far more accurate than the data we are supposed to believe.

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