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Florida Crime Drops in 2018

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Released By Florida Department of Law Enforcement

The crime rate in Florida fell by 9.0%, according to the recently released 2018 Annual Uniform Crime Report, marking the 48th consecutive year Florida has seen a drop in its crime rate. The report also shows a 7.4% decrease of total index crimes, with 45,154 fewer reported offenses compared to 2017.

“The fall of overall crime rates in 2018 is great news for all Floridians, but there’s still more work to be done,” said Governor Ron DeSantis. “I recently met with Florida’s leading law enforcement officials to provide an update on the progress of the state’s threat assessment strategy, which I initiated in February in a request to FDLE Commissioner Swearingen. We must do everything we can to protect our citizens and visitors from senseless acts of targeted violence. My administration will continue to stand with our law enforcement personnel and move forward on key policies to protect our residents and keep our communities safe.”

“The significant drop in our state’s overall crime rate is a testament to the hard work, dedication and proactive efforts of Florida’s sworn law enforcement officers,” said Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis. “They work tirelessly to deter crime, so we can have thriving communities. I applaud the Florida Department of Law Enforcement as well as the entire law enforcement community for continuing to look for innovative ways to stay ahead of crime and keep the Sunshine State safe.”

Overall, violent crime offenses dropped 4.2% while property crimes fell 7.9%. The index crimes of robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, larceny and motor vehicle theft were down while murder and rape saw increases. Murder offenses increased by 50 total homicides, a 4.7% increase. This includes the 17 victims of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting incident.

“The continued drop in overall crime rate reflects the outstanding work done by Florida’s law enforcement officers in protecting Florida’s citizens and visitors. I appreciate the sacrifices they make and the risk they take every day to protect us,” said FDLE Commissioner Rick Swearingen. “Embracing new strategies like behavioral threat assessment will enhance our crime prevention efforts.  In addition we must leverage progressive techniques for solving crimes like genetic genealogy.”

The Annual UCR calculates both crime volume and crime rate throughout Florida. FDLE began tracking crime statistics in 1971.

Editor’s Note: According to the 2018 Annual UCR, the overall crime index in Osceola County is down 7.8% from 2017. The report also showed that the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office saw a decrease in the crime index of 7.6% from 2017 and the Kissimmee Police Department saw a decrease in the crime index of 13.3% from 2017, while the St. Cloud Police Department saw an increase in the crime index of 9.4% from 2017.

The following is a breakdown of crime arrests in Osceola County in 2018, which includes arrests from OCSO, SCPD, KPD, DOC Inspector General-Osceola, DABT-Osceola, FWC-Osceola and FHP-Kissimmee:

· 11,598 Arrests (11,643 in 2017)

· 10,996 Adult Arrests (11,014 in 2017)

· 602 Juvenile Arrests (629 in 2017)

· 13 Murder Arrests (22 in 2017)

· 55 Rape Arrests (54 in 2017)

· 105 Robbery Arrests (94 in 2017)

· 427 Aggravated Assault Arrests (453 in 2017)

· 206 Burglary Arrests (216 in 2017)

· 1,107 Larceny Arrests (1,015 in 2017)

· 70 Motor Vehicle Theft Arrests (85 in 2017)

· 4 Manslaughter Arrests (1 in 2017)

· 11 Kidnap/Abduction Arrests (13 in 2017)

· 2 Arson Arrests (1 in 2017)

· 1,793 Simple Assault Arrests (1,721 in 2017)

· 2,310 Drug Arrests (2,267 in 2017)

· 19 Embezzlement Arrests (26 in 2017)

· 180 Fraud Arrests (152 in 2017)

· 23 Counterfeit/Forgery Arrests (14 in 2017)

· 31 Intimidation Arrests (31 in 2017)

· 10 Prostitution Arrests (37 in 2017)

· 75 Non-Forcible Sex Offense Arrests (81 in 2017)

· 21 Stolen Property Arrests (21 in 2017)

· 345 DUI Arrests (336 in 2017)

· 79 Destruction/Vandalism Arrests (71 in 2017)

· 50 Weapons Violation Arrests (57 in 2017)

· 5 Liquor Law Violation Arrests (3 in 2017)

· 4,657 Miscellaneous Arrests (4,872 in 2017)