Gov. Scott: Crime Drops 8.6% in Hillsborough County

Today, Governor Rick Scott announced that crime is down in Hillsborough County compared to the first six months of 2012. Overall, crime fell 8.6 percent in Hillsborough County and 9.3 percent in the City of Tampa.

Governor Scott said, “Florida is on its way to a 43 year crime low, and the news that crime is down by more than 8 percent in Hillsborough means communities are safer for families. We’ll continue partnering with local leaders to make Florida the best place to raise a family.”

In Hillsborough County, there were more than 1400 fewer crime victims from January – June 2013 than the same time period last year with fewer robberies, aggravated assaults, burglaries and motor vehicle thefts.

Pinellas County is also reporting fewer crimes with a countywide 0.9 percent drop and a 6.6 percent drop in the City of Clearwater.

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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