Six months into 2016, the City of Tallahassee released crime statistics that show violent crime decreased by 13.4% when compared to the first six months of 2015, while property crime increased.
In year over year comparisons of violent crime incidents for the first six months, murders decreased from 8 to 4, rapes decreased from 119 to 104, and aggravated assaults decreased from 658 to 525. The number of robberies increased from 166 to 200.
“We are making strides in reducing the amount of violent crimes in Tallahassee but more work is needed by all parties involved,” said Chief DeLeo. “We must continue to work with our civic leaders and focus on our community partnerships to solve the issues that we are faced with on a day to day basis in Tallahassee,” said Chief DeLeo.
The City’s press release focused on the decrease in violent crime, however a closer look at the statistics shows that property crimes increased by 20.3%.
In year over year comparisons of property crime incidents for the first six months, theft of personal property increased from 3,110 to 3,777, burglaries increased from 960 to 1,036 and motor vehicle thefts increased by 42.9% from 373 to 533.
The crime statistics also show that arrests were up 8.9 % from 2,473 in 2015 to 2,694 in 2016.
The Total Index Offenses, the number which combines all types of crime, increased by 14.2%.
Comparisons of crime statistics with other local governments for the first six months of 2016 will not be available until FDLE officially releases the state-wide information later this year. Leon County, driven by crime in the city of Tallahassee, has been ranked number one in per capita crime over the last two years.