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Gov. Scott says Florida's crime rate is down

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Florida's crime rate is down according to the 2012 Annual Uniform Crime Report.  The report shows Florida's crime rate dropped 6.5 percent compared to 2011. 

The total number of crimes fell 5.7 percent from last year which translates into 43,536 fewer crimes in 2012.  The number of violent crimes was down 4.3 percent or 4,218 fewer crimes reported. The complete 2012 Annual Uniform Crime Report, including county-by-county breakdowns, can be found on FDLE's website at www.fdle.state.fl.us/fsac/ucr/

Governor Scott said, "It is because of the hard work of Florida's law enforcement community that we can celebrate today's great news about Florida's crime rate. Having a low crime rate is important to my goal of creating jobs and opportunities for Florida families, and making our state the best state in the nation to live, work or raise a family."

Attorney General Pam Bondi said, "The decrease in crime in our state is a direct reflection of the outstanding job our law enforcement officers and prosecutors do to make Florida a safe home to its residents and guests. With this steady decline in our crime rate for the forty-second consecutive year, I am hopeful that we will see across-the-board declines, specifically in the number of reported domestic violence homicides and sex-related crimes."

Non–violent crime decreased 5.9 percent or a reduction of 39,318 reported crimes compared to 2011.  The value of stolen property decreased by 9.1 percent while the value of property recovered increased 2.7 percent.  Total arrests increased 0.8 percent from 2011.

Overall domestic violence fell 3.3 percent.  While there were 3,635 fewer victims of domestic violence in 2012, cohabitants continue to be the largest group of victims in this category, with spouses remaining the second largest group. 

Crimes committed by firearms continue to drop in 2012, down 2.0 percent with 489 fewer crimes committed with guns in 2012.                                                                                 

The report also contains information on officers killed feloniously.  Two law enforcement officers and one correctional officer died from criminal causes while on duty during 2012.  In addition, two law enforcement officers died accidently during the course of duty. 

FDLE began tracking crime statistics in 1971.

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