Gov Scott: Crime Drops 3.7% In Lee County

Today, Governor Rick Scott announced that crime is down in Lee County compared to the first six months of 2012. Overall, crime fell 3.7 percent in Lee County and 4.1 percent in the City of Ft. Myers.

Governor Scott said, “It is great news that Lee County has experienced a decrease in crime. The safety and welfare of Florida families is of the upmost importance and I commend law enforcement officials in Lee County and across the state for their bravery and sacrifice as they continue to keep Florida families safe.”

There were more than 300 fewer crime victims from January – June 2013 than the same time period last year with fewer murders, burglaries, larcenies and motor vehicle thefts.

Statewide the numbers reflect historic lows. The 2013 Semi-Annual Uniform Crime Report shows Florida’s crime volume dropped 5.2 percent and the number of violent crimes (murder, forcible sex offenses, robbery and aggravated assault) was down by 3.5 percent. Non-violent crime (burglary, larceny and motor vehicle theft) fell 5.5 percent.

The complete 2013 Semi-Annual Uniform Crime Report, including county-by-county breakdowns, can be found on FDLE’s website at FDLE began tracking crime statistics in 1971.



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