While crime in Florida was at a 44-year low in 2014, the crime rate in Leon County increased from 4,720 crimes per 100,000 residents in 2013 to 5,049 crimes per 100,000 residents in 2014.
With this increase, Leon County leads Florida in crime rate.
The statewide crime rate continued a downward trend and ended 2014 at 3,450 crimes per 100,000.
The data released earlier this week by FDLE shows a number of troubling trends in Leon County.
Violent crime rate in Leon County increased by 16% from 1,833 in 2013 to 2,134 in 2104. Statewide, violent crime decreased by .7%.
Property crime in Leon County increased by 6.7%. Statewide, property crime decreased 4.1%.
Aggravated assault in Leon County increased 30.5% from 1,116 in 2013 to 1,456 in 2014. Statewide, aggravated assaults increased 10.1%
Forcible sex offenses in Leon County were up 19.7%. Statewide, forcible sex offenses were up 3.8%.
Motor vehicle theft in Leon County was up 49.2%. Statewide, motor vehicle theft was up 3.6%.
The only category that was down from 2013 in Leon County was robbery, which was down by 22%. Statewide robbery was down 6.9%.
A closer look at the numbers show that the increase in crime is focused within Tallahassee’s city limits. FDLE statistics show that the crime rate fell in the county jurisdiction, but this fall was offset by a large increase in crime within the city limits.
These statistics come out as the City Commission is wrestling with how to fund new police officers requested by Chief Michael DeLeo.