2007 Crime in Florida Semi-Annual Report

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement released the 2007 semi-annual report of the state’s crime statistics today, providing preliminary data of this year’s figures. The report includes information submitted by 405 law enforcement agencies for crimes reported from January through June of this year.

The semi-annual report reflects an overall decrease in forcible sex offenses (-4.9%) including a decrease in forcible rape (-7.2%) and forcible fondling (-5.0). Earlier this year, Governor Crist signed legislation to strengthen sentencing laws for sexual offenses and enhance law enforcement capabilities in Florida.

In addition, the number of reported aggravated assault offenses dropped by 1.7 % during this time period while the number of reported domestic violence offenses also decreased by 0.7% from last year. Domestic violence murder, forcible rape, forcible fondling, aggravated assault, aggravated stalking, threat/intimidation, and simple stalking all showed a decrease over last year. Manslaughter, forcible sodomy, and simple assault showed an increase.

“Florida continues to work hard to stay ahead of emerging crime trends,” said FDLE Commissioner Gerald Bailey. “Florida’s criminal justice partners will continue to work aggressively and proactively to combat crime in the state. FDLE continues to work with our local law enforcement agencies to keep our communities and neighborhoods safe.”

The complete 2007 Semi-Annual Crime in Florida, Uniform Crime Report, including county-by-county breakdowns, can be found on FDLE’s Web site:

For more information, contact:

Heather Smith or Kristen Perezluha
FDLE Public Information Office
(850) 410-7001