[UPDATE] Gov. Scott Announces Florida Crime Rate at 40 Year Low

By: Governor's Press Office
By: Governor's Press Office

[UPDATE] April 25, 2011 5:30pm - Capitol News

Crime in Florida is at a 40 year low. The 2010 Florida crime statistics were released today. They show a 6.7 percent drop in crime. Law enforcement officers gathered at the Capitol to celebrate the drop. Steve Casey, the Executive Director of the Florida Sheriff’s Association says budget cuts have made it harder to fight crime, but law enforcement officers have risen to the occasion.

“It is impressive that Florida has seen a reduction in crime of six percent in both 2009 and 2010. It’s even more impressive when you consider these reductions occurred at a time when law enforcement community has had to absorb major reductions in staffing and funding,” said Casey.

The statistics show a three percent drop in murder, three percent drop in rape and a 15 percent drop in robberies.

Tallahassee, Fla. – April 26, 2011 -

Detailed figures of the report can be found in PDF format above.

Governor Rick Scott and Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) Commissioner Gerald Bailey today announced the State’s crime rate declined 6.7 percent for 2010 over the previous year, reaching a rate that is the lowest in four decades. The 2010 Uniform Crime Report also indicated violent crime (murder, forcible sex offenses, robbery and aggravated assault) is down by 10.1 percent for the year while total non-violent crime (burglary, larceny and motor vehicle theft) declined 6 percent.

“With six law enforcement officers killed in action during the past four months, the news of these drops in Florida’s crime rate reminds us that public safety comes from the commitment of selfless public servants,” Governor Scott said. “In acknowledging these statistics, I want to commend the men and women of law enforcement for their valor and dedication.”

The number of murders in Florida dropped by 2.9 percent, forcible sex offenses decreased 3.3 percent, robberies declined by 15.6 percent, and aggravated assault decreased 8.9 percent. In addition, the UCR reported declines in burglary (-7 percent), larceny (-4.4 percent), and motor vehicle thefts (-17.5 percent). Domestic violence offenses declined 2.7 percent.

“It’s clear that public safety is a Florida priority,” said Commissioner Bailey. “I applaud the work of our chiefs, sheriffs and state law enforcement; our partnerships have been instrumental in bringing the crime rate to record lows.”

The UCR includes data submitted by 410 of the state’s 415 law enforcement agencies for crimes reported in 2010. The 410 submitting agencies represent 99.98 percent of the total population of the state.

The complete 2010 Uniform Crime Report, including county-by-county breakdowns, can be found on FDLE’s Web site: www.fdle.state.fl.us/fsac/ucr/.

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  • by ROTFL Location: Tally on Apr 27, 2011 at 07:56 AM
    Really! Wow what an idiot! I have lived in Tally my whole life and have never seen it this bad! So maybe someone needs to tell me what is the safest town to move! I guess next Ricky will say thanks to him Mc Donalds just hired $50,000 New Hires! LMAO what a joke this man is!
  • by Notaliberal Location: Tallahassee on Apr 27, 2011 at 06:53 AM
    Great job to all the LEO'S and thank you Gov. Scott for recognizing the good work.
  • by Incognito Location: Tallahassee on Apr 27, 2011 at 06:51 AM
    I've lived here 8 years and I have never seen crime in Tallahassee worse than it is now!
  • by Anonymous on Apr 27, 2011 at 06:39 AM
    I read the statistics, I was commenting based on what it was like here in Florida 40 years ago. Being a native of Florida and much older than 40 and having a sharp memory still in tact; crime levels in this state are much higher than they were 40 years ago. Life and safety are not at the low we had 40 years ago....no matter the stats they want you to believe. Get the ring out of your nose and think for yourself.
  • by Surprise Location: leon county on Apr 27, 2011 at 03:02 AM
    Our "Lets get to work" Gov. getting tough on crime good deal I can't wait to vote on him again.
    • reply
      by Are you serious? on Apr 27, 2011 at 06:39 AM in reply to Surprise
      The figures are from 2010. voldemort had nothing to do with it.
  • by jellybean on Apr 27, 2011 at 01:47 AM
    Scott must not spend much time in TallyTown or try to go to WalMart on a Saturday night.
  • by alex Location: tampa on Apr 26, 2011 at 11:19 PM
    rick you are a wonderfull governor. florida has loned for you for years. KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK.
  • by OldFashioned Location: Tally on Apr 26, 2011 at 09:52 PM
    And does Rick Scott think that is his success? If it is accurate it's probably because of the mass exodus from this crumbling state.
    • reply
      by Alice on Apr 27, 2011 at 04:57 AM in reply to OldFashioned
      Gov Bald Bully has NOTHING to do with the lowering of CRIME since this STUDY IS WRONG. HELLO anyone read about the crime in TAllahassee?????
  • by Reagan Republican on Apr 26, 2011 at 09:22 PM
    The crime rate for 2011 will be up more than 2%. We need more police officers on the streets and I hope the City Commission will agree with me. We need more officers in this city to lower the crime rate NOT watch it go up. If law enforcement can decrease the crime rate in Miami (a large city) then it can be accomplished in Tall. No more innocent children should die at the hands of criminals!! We have alleged predators hiding in the woods shooting at our young men. We need help to stop this nonsense!!
  • by GeeWhiz on Apr 26, 2011 at 09:19 PM
    Rick Scott: "Thanks, officers! You're great! Oh, you're fired."
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