According to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, mid-year data for 2015 shows that crime increased in Leon County when compared to the same time period during 2014.
Leon county led the state in per capita crime in 2014. See our previous report here.
In contrast to the Leon County trend, the data shows that crime decreased in Florida when compared to the same time period during 2014.
For the first half of 2015, the state of Florida experienced a 2.2% decrease in the crime index. The crime index measures all crimes.
The overall decrease in the state was lead by declines in property crimes like burglary and larceny.
Violent crimes, which include murder, rape, robbery, and aggravated assault increased by 2.2%
For Leon county, the crime index increased 5.1% during the first six months of 2015 over same period in 2014. Both property crimes and violent crimes increased in Leon county.
Violent crimes increased by 15.2%. This category was led by a 32% increase in rapes from 102 incidents in 2014 to 134 incidents in 2015.
Property crimes in Leon county increased by 3.3%. This category was lead by a 25.5% increase in motor-vehicle theft. In 2014 there were 357 motor-vehicle thefts compared to 448 motor-vehicle thefts in 2015.
The Leon County motor-vehicle theft rate increased three times faster than at the state-level, which increased by 8.2%.
Listed below are crime rate changes in five North Florida counties and the state of Florida.
The table can be sorted by clicking on columns.
|Location||Property Crime||Violent Crime||Total Crime|
The table shows that Leon county is ranked second among the North Florida group in the total crimes category and is ranked first in violent crimes.