Leon County’s 2021 Crime Rate Down, Violent Crime Up

Leon County’s 2021 Crime Rate Down, Violent Crime Up

According to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, the 2021 Leon County crime rate fell by 4.7% when compared to 2020 numbers. Leon County’s 2021 crime rate per 100,000 population was 2,914.3 compared to 3,059.6 in 2020.

The FDLE release of the 2021 Uniform Crime Report numbers show that Leon County’s property crime rate was down 6.6%. However, the violent crime rate was up 2.7%.

The table below shows the relevant stats for 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2021. Please note that the percent change column tracks the change in 2021 relative to 2020.

The increase in violent crime was driven by an increase in assaults, which were up 7.5% from 1,279 in 2020 to 1,375 in 2021. There were 21 murders in 2021, down from the 29 reported in 2020.

The reports also show that after two years of declines in arrests, the arrest rate was up 17.2% in 2021 when compared to 2020.

At the state level, FDLE reported that crime is down in Florida in 2021 for a 50-year low. The report shows Florida’s total crime volume dropped 8.3 percent, or 38,524 fewer reported index crimes, compared to 2020.

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