[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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