The Florida Department of Law Enforcement released crime data for 2015 and Leon County leads the state of Florida in crime rate for the second year in a row. The crime rate per 100,000 residents increased by 5.7% over 2014 numbers.
The crime rate in the state of Florida fell by 3.1% and also fell in 47 of the state’s 67 counties.
Listed below is the detail of crime statistics for Leon County. It must be noted that when FDLE separated out reporting law enforcement jurisdictions, the Tallahassee Police Department reported a 6.1% increase in the crime rate while the Leon County Sheriff’s Department reported a .1% increase in the crime rate.
The summary of data shows that violent crime rates increased by 14.8% and property crime rates increased by 4.1%. The number of total arrests decreased by 12.3%.
Looking at City of Tallahassee statistics, the offenses which were the major drivers in the increase in the crime rate were forcible rape, robbery, and motor vehicle theft.
- Rapes increased by 18.7%, from 198 offenses in 2014 to 235 in 2015. At the state level, rapes increased by 6.1%.
- Robbery increased by 30.0%, from 307 offenses in 2014 to 399 in 2015. At the state level, robbery was down by 2.0%.
- Aggravated assaults increased by 10.5% from 1,239 offenses in 2014 to 1,369 in 2015. At the state level, aggravated assaults increased by 3.9%.
- Motor vehicle theft increased by 45.6% from 665 offenses in 2014 to 968 in 2015. At the state level, vehicle theft increased by 12.4%.
- There were two more murders in 2015 than in 2014 and burglaries decreased by 10.5% from 2,316 offenses in 2014 to 2,073 offenses in 2014.
The Leon County crime rate has been an issue in several political races this year. Most notably, the Leon County Sheriff’s race and the two City Commission races.