Leon Crime Rate Down, Still Leads Florida

Leon Crime Rate Down, Still Leads Florida

Despite a significant annual decrease, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement released data for 2017 that shows Leon County leads the state of Florida in crime rate for the fourth year in a row.

The crime rate per 100,000 residents in Leon county decreased by 15.0% over 2016 numbers.

The table below shows that the violent crime rate – as defined as murder, rape, robbery and aggravated assault – fell by 10.3% and the property crime rate fell by 15.8%.

However, the number of murders in Leon county increased 83% from 12 in 2016 to 22 in 2017.

The total crime rate in the state of Florida fell by 4.5% and also fell in 39 of the state’s 67 counties.

Despite the decrease in the per-capita crime from 2016, Leon county continues to lead the state of Florida in crime rate.

The table below compares the crime rate per 100,000 residents for all counties with a population greater than 200,000.

Tallahassee Reports has previously published stories about Tallahassee having the highest per capita crime rate in the state of Florida in 2014, 2015 and 2016. Those reports can be read here and here and here.

4 Responses to "Leon Crime Rate Down, Still Leads Florida"

  1. Does anyone know if our total population includes students from FAMU, FSU, and TCC? My guess is that the numbers do not reflect the student population unless the student was already a resident of Leon County. If college students counted , that would be an increase of about 50,000 to our population. Any crimes that non-students may commit ARE, however, counted in the statistic. We would be right around Brevard county.

    1. I do not believe students, certainly not those in University provided housing, are included in the calculations. Neither are the people who come to the City each day as the largest employment center in region. The real population (especially during legislative session and when Colleges are running) is likely underestimated by close to 75,000 people.
      While they may not be the “suspects” they certainly make up a percentage of the victims (home and auto burglaries, sexual battery) and the City effectively disregards them when considering the Police Department’s staffing.

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