According to data released by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE), the Total Crime Index in Leon County decreased by 7.7 % in the first six months of 2018 when compared to the first six months of 2017.
The statewide numbers show a decrease of 8.0% for this time period.
The table below compares the six categories that constitute the Total Crime Index for the first six months of 2017 and 2018 for Leon County and Florida.
For Leon County, the decrease translates to 541 fewer crimes. Declines in the categories of aggravated assault, burglary, and larceny had the largest impact on the Total Crime Index. Only rape and motor vehicle theft showed increases.
Also, the clearance rate for offenses in Leon County increased from 17.3% to 21.9%. The statewide clearance rate was reported to be 20.0%.
All data is self-reported by each jurisdiction and compiled by the FDLE.
Earlier this year, the Tallahassee Police Department, after hiring a consultant to conduct an audit, changed the way it reports the number of crimes. For example, now incidents in a specific area committed by the same person are tallied as one crime.