FDLE Releases 2007 Annual Uniform Crime Report

Florida Department of Law Enforcement Commissioner Gerald Bailey today released the 2007 Annual Uniform Crime Report. The report shows long-range comparisons that reflect the index crime rate is down approximately 35.7 percent since 1997.

The report indicates an increase of 1.4 percent in the index crime rate in 2007 when compared to the rate for 2006. Florida’s population increased by 1.8 percent, or about 331,000 new residents from 2006 to 2007. Index crimes include murder, forcible sex offenses, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, larceny and motor vehicle theft.

Governor Crist’s Anti-Murder Act, signed into law in March of 2007, requires violent felony offenders who violate probation to remain in jail until a court finds that they do not pose a danger to the community. Governor Crist last year signed legislation to strengthen sentencing laws for sexual offenses and enhance law enforcement capabilities in Florida, further protecting Florida’s children from predators.

“Making our neighborhoods and communities safe for Floridians and their families is the first priority of government,” said Governor Charlie Crist. “Our state is committed to putting in place tools and technologies that both prevent and deter criminal activity.”

Governor Crist petitioned the Florida Supreme Court to convene a Statewide Grand Jury to investigate an increase in crimes that can be attributed to gang activity. The Statewide Grand Jury was impaneled in August by Attorney General Bill McCollum, who has also developed an executive working group of state agency heads and leaders of other organizations to create a statewide strategy to reduce the growth of gangs and gang violence in Florida. The Attorney General also helped develop legislation last year which gave Florida some of the strongest laws in the nation against child pornographers and internet child predators.

“Protecting our state is the most important charge we can take up on behalf of our citizens and through cooperation, we will continue this effort,” said Attorney General McCollum.

“Florida law enforcement is fully focused on fighting crime in our state,” said FDLE Commissioner Gerald Bailey. “There are proactive and targeted efforts underway in each city and county. We will continue to work aggressively and collaboratively to safeguard our citizens.”

The 2007 Annual Uniform Crime Report includes crimes reported during 2007 and data submitted by 410 of the 417 local, county and state law enforcement agencies. These agencies serve approximately 99.9 percent of the state’s population. The complete report, including county-by-county breakdowns, can be found of FDLE’s Web site.

UCR Reports

For more information, contact:

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