Crime rate in Florida is lowest in decades
Florida had a lower crime rate in 2013 than it has seen in the past 43 years, according to statistics released Wednesday by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.
Data collected as part of the FDLE's annual Uniform Crime Report show the overall crime rate dropped 4.7 percent, from a total of 725,987 incidents in 2012 to 698,607 last year. That happened as the state's population increased by about 185,000. The rate represents the total number of crimes per 100,000 people.
The numbers showed drops in violent crimes of 2.4 percent and in homicides of 3.9 percent.
FDLE Commission Gerald Bailey, who announced the annual statistics at a news conference in Tampa with Gov. Rick Scott, attributed the reduced crime rate to several factors. Among them, he said, were better sharing of information between law enforcement agencies and advanced technology used throughout the state.
Bay area counties showed numbers that were mostly consistent with the statewide statistics, with Hernando County seeing the largest drop in overall crime at 13.5 percent. Hillsborough, Pasco and Pinellas saw reductions of 6.4, 5.2 and 0.5 percent, respectively.
Dan Sullivan, Times staff writer