Make us your home page
Instagram

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Domestic violence murders rise as crime falls in Florida

TALLAHASSEE — Crime was down in Florida and throughout much of Tampa Bay in the first half of 2010, according to statistics released Tuesday by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

However, those numbers also show a rise in murders in Florida — especially killings linked to domestic violence.

That's why state officials also announced Tuesday a pilot program in Manatee and Sarasota counties aimed at helping victims of domestic violence get on their feet economically.

The Florida Agency for Workforce Innovation said it will fund the job training and placement program with $500,000 in federal money. The goal: help domestic violence victims achieve financial independence so they're not forced to stay in abusive homes.

Tuesday's numbers reflect crimes reported to Florida's law enforcement agencies in the first six months of 2010 compared with that period in 2009.

They show that murders rose about 4 percent, going from 470 deaths in 2009 to 487 this year. But domestic violence murders were up about 6 percent — or five more lives lost this year. Domestic violence murders have totaled to 91 so far this year.

The total number of reported crimes in Florida dropped 5 percent, and FDLE Commissioner Gerald Bailey said Tuesday that he doesn't expect that trend to change for the rest of 2010.

"We know that these first six months are an indicator of what the year should look like," Bailey said. "We're optimistic that this downward trend will continue."

Statewide robberies and vehicle thefts were both down 17 percent — 2,633 fewer robberies and 4,360 fewer thefts this year.

Despite budget cuts, most of Tampa Bay's law enforcement agencies reported drops in the volume of crime in 2010.

Crime was down 13 percent overall in Hillsborough County.

The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office reported a 12 percent drop and the Tampa Police Department saw an 11 percent decline.

Police Chief Jane Castor praised her department's aggressive tactics. "We have reduced the number of crime victims in our city by adopting a mentality that there is no such thing as a minor crime in Tampa," she said.

Pinellas County saw an 8 percent drop. The St. Petersburg Police Department reported a 14 percent fall and the Clearwater Police Department saw a 6 percent decrease.

Hernando County saw a 6 percent decline. Pasco County, where the sheriff recently lost a fight with the County Commission to fund additional deputies, saw crime go down 4 percent.

Domestic violence murders rise as crime falls in Florida 10/12/10 [Last modified: Tuesday, October 12, 2010 11:27pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Goliath grouper are anything but gentle giants for Florida fishermen

    Wildlife

    Goliath, the biblical giant, wasn't known for bothering fishermen. But the gigantic fish named after him — they can weigh up to 800-pounds — is notorious for exactly that.

    Biologists take samples from a goliath grouper that was caught in the Gulf of Mexico. The fish was released back into the gulf. Florida fishermen have petitioned the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission to allow them to catch the up to 800-pound fish for a limited time. [Courtesy of Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission]
  2. Volkov hopes to prove his surprise selection right

    Blogs

    RW Alexander Volkov was not a particularly talked-about player in the lead up to the NHL entry draft.

  3. A stunt turns deadly for a couple seeking YouTube fame (w/video)

    Human Interest

    Over the past several weeks, Monalisa Perez of Halstad, Minnesota, and her boyfriend, Pedro Ruiz III, began their quest for YouTube fame by creating and posting videos of mostly harmless pranks: Ruiz climbing onto a tenuous tree branch and falling a short distance, or Perez feeding him a doughnut covered in baby powder …

    Over the past several weeks, Monalisa Perez of Halstad, Minnesota, and her boyfriend, Pedro Ruiz III, began their quest for YouTube fame by creating and posting videos of mostly harmless pranks. On June 26, 2017, authorities say, Perez, 19, shot at a thick book that Ruiz, 22, was holding, apparently believing that the bullet would not make it through the volume. The bullet entered Ruiz's chest and he died at the scene. [Photo from video]

  4. Craft beer of the week: Electric Chair Sour Shandy, Angry Chair Brewing

    Bars & Spirits

    Traditionally, a shandy, like its German cousin the radler, is a simple combination of beer and a soft drink, such as a citrus-flavored soda or fresh juice. These drinks are low-alcohol, fruity and highly refreshing, making them ideal candidates for summertime sipping.

    Justin Grant/Special to tbt*
  5. Can you feel the heat? Indie rock gifts dynamite playlist for summer

    Music & Concerts

    For most of June, there was precisely one song by a rock band in the top half of Billboard's Hot 100: Believer by Imagine Dragons. (If you're feeling generous, you could count Something Just Like This by the Chainsmokers and Coldplay, but c'mon.) On the list of America's hottest singles, there were more …

    Arcade Fire performs at the Panorama music festival on Randall Island in New York.