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Crime rates drop in Leon County, Tallahassee

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Published: May. 22, 2018 at 10:07 AM EDT
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By: Mariel Carbone | WCTV Eyewitness News

May 22, 2018

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV)—According to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement’s Annual Crime Report, both Tallahassee and Leon County saw significant drops in crime during 2017.

Overall, the crime rate has dropped by 15.1 percent. The Leon County Sheriff’s Office saw a reported 18.7 percent reduction, and the Tallahassee Police Department saw a 14.3 percent reduction.

Although there has been a decrease in crime, Leon County still stands as the Florida county with the highest crime rate per 100,000 people, with a rate of 4,802.4 for 2017. However, the FBI has warned readers not to make comparisons between the varying counties because of outside factors that affect the numbers, like a high student population.

As for individual crimes, the only crime that saw an increase was murder. 22 murders occurred in Leon County in 2017, while only 12 occurred in 2016. 17 of those cases were handled by TPD and five were handled by LCSO.

Rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, larceny and motor vehicle theft all saw decreases.

Larceny dropped from 10,048 in 2016 to 9,096 in 2017, motor vehicle theft dropped from 1,275 in 2016 to 877 in 2017 and burglary decreased from 2,834 in 2016 to 1,956 in 2017.

Rape decreased from 258 in 2016 to 242 in 2017, robbery dropped from 456 in 2016 to 382 in 2017 and aggravated assaults decreased from 1,386 in 2016 to 1,251 in 2017.

In an interview earlier this year, Police Chief Michael DeLeo told Eyewitness News that the overall crime rate within city limits is the lowest it's been since 2003.

"[It] reassures us and reaffirms that the approach we're taking with community policing and working not just with our community, but also with our local law enforcement partners at the state and federal level, that everyone's collaborative efforts have us on the right track and moving in the right direction," said DeLeo.

For the complete 2017 FDLE Uniform Crime Report, click

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