According to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, mid-year data for 2017 shows that crime decreased by 9.4% in Leon County when compared to the same time period during 2016.
The overall decrease was driven by a 11.9% decrease in property crimes like burglary and larceny. The number of motor vehicle thefts fell from 598 in 2016 to 430 in 2017.
However, violent crime was up by 6.8%. This included increases in murders, from 5 to 7, and aggravated assaults.
The data also shows that Leon County has one of the lowest clearance rates per 100 offenses (17.3) in the state. The state average is 23.5.
The FDLE’s report shows the state’s crime, both violent and property related, dropped by 2.0%.
The report shows murder, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, and larceny were all down in Florida. However, rape and motor vehicle theft were actually up. It also shows domestic violence fell.
Selected Leon County statistics for first six months 2017:
- Rapes decreased by 10.6% from 132 offenses to 118. At the state level, rapes increased by 8.0%.
- Robbery decreased by 1.0%, from 222 offenses to 220. At the state level, robbery was down by 4.6%.
- Aggravated assaults increased by 12.7% from 663 offenses to 747. At the state level, aggravated assaults decreased by 1.1%.
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