Gov. Scott: Crime drops 4.9 %in Broward County

Today, Governor Rick Scott announced that crime is down in Broward County compared to the first six months of 2012. Overall, crime fell 4.9 percent in Broward County and 3.4 percent in the City of Ft. Lauderdale.

Governor Scott said, “Keeping families safe is a critical goal for us all, and I would like to thank Broward’s law enforcement community for their success in the county’s nearly 5 percent drop in crime. We will continue to find ways to target and eliminate crime in our communities as we work to keep every Florida family safe.”

There were more than 1,800 fewer crime victims from January – June 2013 than the same time period last year with fewer murders, robberies, aggravated assaults, burglaries 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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