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Florida’s overall crime rate down, murders up in 2020

Murders committed with a gun made up nearly 80 percent of the state’s total.
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Published Jun. 21
Updated Jun. 21

TALLAHASSEE — Crime was down overall in Florida during 2020, but violent crime rose, according to statistics released by the state on Monday.

There were 1,285 murders in Florida last year, an increase of 260, or 14.7 percent from 2019. Of those, 1,025 were committed with a gun, up 20.2 percent from the year before. Murders committed with a gun made up nearly 80 percent of the state’s total, according to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement’s annual crime report.

In a year when many people worked at home or stayed home more often during the coronavirus pandemic, burglaries, robberies and larcenies dropped significantly. There were 13,439 robberies, a drop of 17 percent from 2019; 51,928 burglaries, down 17.8 percent; and 291,923 larcenies, down 18.5 percent.

Florida also saw a drop in the number of reported rapes, from 8,439 in 2019 to 7,650 in 2020, or a decrease of 9.3 percent. Motor vehicle thefts also slightly dropped.

Aggravated assaults increased by 9.5 percent from 55,333 in 2019 to 60,567 last year.

Overall, factoring in the state’s growth in population, all crime was down 15.7 percent in 2020.