The Big Bend area deserves a pat on the back.
Across the board in our viewing area murder, rape, aggravated assault and burglary have all decreased.
Law Enforcement Officials say a large part of their success is due to the community's help.
Murder, forcible rape, and aggravated assault authorities say are all violent crimes that can be prevented through education. Education is being credited for the decline in Florida.
A look at the counties in the Big Bend paints a picture similar to statewide results.
Crimes are decreasing.
There were no murders in Jefferson or Lafayette Counties with Leon and Taylor Counties experiencing decreases.
Murders did rise in Madison, Hamilton, Suwannee, and Wakulla and the numbers stayed the same in Gadsden County.
Forcible rape also declining in Leon, Madison, Gadsden, Lafayette, Taylor and Wakulla.
Authorities say without the community this progress would not be possible.
Aggravated assault decreasing in five counties, Madison, Hamilton, Jefferson, Lafayette, and Wakulla.
Burglary declined in Leon, Hamilton, Lafayette, Suwannee, and Taylor Counties.
Authorities say most crimes are crimes of opportunity and if the community continues to stay on the defensive through education and helping law enforcement crime will continue to decrease.
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