After a five year run, Leon County no longer leads the state of Florida in crime rate.
The Florida Department of Law Enforcement data for 2019 shows that Leon County has fallen to third, behind Bay and Duval counties.
The 2019 crime rate per 100,000 residents in Leon county decreased by 13.7% when compared to 2018 numbers.
In a press release about the new numbers, Leon County Sheriff Walt McNeil said gave credit, in part, to his ALLin initiative which focused on collaborative efforts to address crime throughout the community.
“Law enforcement and our community partners have made tremendous strides in the efforts to make Leon County a safer place to live, work and play,” said McNeil. “These positive outcomes are only sustainable with the continuation and strengthening of these initiatives.”
The table below shows that the violent crime rate – as defined as murder, rape, robbery and aggravated assault – fell by 6.4% and the property crime rate fell by 14.9%. Source.
The number of murders in Leon county increased from 20 in 2018 to 21 in 2019.
The total crime rate in the state of Florida fell by 6.3% and also fell in 57 of the state’s 67 counties.
The table below compares the change from 2018 for all Florida counties. Source.
Tallahassee Reports has previously published stories about Leon County having the highest per capita crime rate in the state of Florida in 2014, 2015 2016, 2017 and 2018.