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Temple Terrace's crime rate falls 7.6 percent

TEMPLE TERRACE — Temple Terrace's crime rate dropped 7.6 percent in 2009, the Police Department announced this week.

There were no murders reported in the city, which was also the case in 2008.

In 2009, forcible sex offenses plummeted 44 percent. Robbery was down 9 percent, aggravated assault decreased 25 percent, larceny dropped 21 percent and vehicle thefts were down 25 percent.

The only category that increased was burglary, which went up 42.6 percent to 328 in 2009.

The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office and Tampa Police Department also rolled out their crime statistics this week. The county reported a 10 percent drop in overall crime, and the city reported a 15.8 percent decrease.

Temple Terrace's statistics appear to follow the trend in the county's unincorporated areas under jurisdiction of the Sheriff's Office. In those areas, each category of crime saw decreases except burglary, which slightly increased.

Jessica Vander Velde, Times staff writer

By the Numbers

Burglaries rise

Temple Terrace's 2009 crime statistics:

Murder: 0

Forcible sex offenses: 5

Robbery: 51

Aggravated assault: 68

Burglary: 328

Larceny: 498

Vehicle theft: 51

Total offenses: 1,001

Temple Terrace's crime rate falls 7.6 percent 02/11/10 [Last modified: Thursday, February 11, 2010 3:30am]

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