Tallahassee Reports has learned a public safety update to be provided to the City Commission by Chief DeLeo on September 27th will show that through July 2017, there has been a 6.3% increase in violent crime when compared to 2016. The report also shows a 15% decrease in property crime in 2017, when compared to 2016. Overall, the reported crime to TPD has decreased by 12.1% since 2016.
The increase in violent crime over the first seven months of the year was driven by aggravated assaults which increased by 11.9% from 544 in 2016 to 609 in 2017.
During this period, murders increased from 5 in 2016 to 7 in 2017. The 7 murders so far this year is significantly down from the 12 murders recorded over the first seven months of 2015.
The 15% decrease in property crime was driven by declines in burglary, larceny, and motor vehicle theft. Motor vehicle theft declined approximately 33% from 601 during the first seven months in 2016 to 399 in 2017.
The total number of reported crimes during this period is down 12.1% from 6,436 in 2016 to 5,660 in 2017. The first seven months of 2015 experienced a total of 5,325 crimes.
In August, the Tallahassee Police Department concluded its annual review of gun violence for 2016. The analysis determined the violent crimes involving firearms decreased by 32% in 2016, when compared to 2015.
The demographics of those involved in violent crimes involving firearms has stayed consistent. The majority of our victims and suspects are black males between the ages of 18-24. The demographics of victims and suspects have been consistent since 2013, and are consistent with nationwide trends.
The gun violence trends are shown in the graph below: