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Leon County crime rate dropped 20% during pandemic, FDLE 2020 crime report shows

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Updated: Jun. 21, 2021 at 3:03 PM EDT
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) - The Florida Department of Law Enforcement released its crime report for 2020 on Monday, and it showed Leon County’s crime rate dropped 20.4% during the pandemic.

Statewide, Florida’s crime rate has dropped for a record 50th straight year, FDLE’s report shows. The 2020 report also indicates Florida’s total crime volume dropped 14.1%, or 76,523 fewer reported index crimes, compared to 2019.

The index crimes of rape, robbery, burglary, larceny and motor vehicle theft crimes were down, while murder and aggravated assault increased.

The report showed 78,373 property crimes reported across Florida in 2020, which is down 17% from 2019. Meanwhile, violent crime slightly increased by 2.3%, or 1,850 more violent crimes than in 2019.

Murders increased from 21 in 2019 to 29 in 2020 for Leon County, according to the report.

Statewide, domestic violence murder was down in 2020, while stalking increased.

FDLE began tracking crime statistics in 1971.

Below, you can find the full 2020 Annual Uniform Crime Report, as well as the county-by-county breakdowns.

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