Crime in Florida: January to December 2012

2012 Annual Uniform Crime Report
Index crimes known to law enforcement from Jan. 1 – Dec. 31, 2012

For Immediate Release
May 16, 2013

Florida Department of Law Enforcement Commissioner Gerald Bailey joined Police Chiefs and Sheriffs following the Southwest Florida Police Chiefs Association meeting in Ft. Myers to announce the 2012 Annual Uniform Crime Report.  The report shows Florida’s crime rate dropped 6.5 percent compared to 2011. 

Index Crimes
·         Murder
·         Forcible sex offenses
·         Robbery
·         Aggravated assault
·         Burglary
·         Larceny
·         Motor vehicle theft

Crime rate – Crime calculation based on population; the total number of index crimes reported per 100,000 people.
Crime volume – The total number of index crimes known to law enforcement.

2012 Annual UCR numbers are the lowest numbers in 42 years
·         There were 43,536 fewer crimes in 2012 than in 2011
·         Florida’s crime rate dropped 6.5 percent
·         The total number of crimes dropped 5.7 percent (volume)
Violent crimes dropped 4.3 percent
·         Homicide is up 2.4 percent
·         Forcible sex offenses increased 2.7 percent
·         Robbery dropped 6.9 percent
·         Aggravated assault is down 4.4 percent

Non-violent crime decreased by 5.9 percent
·         Burglary down 9.9 percent
·         Larceny decreased 4.4 percent
·         Motor vehicle thefts decreased by 5.9 percent

·         960,192 arrests were made last year, up 0.8 percent from 2011
·         That’s almost 2500 arrests per day or an arrest every 35 seconds

The complete 2012 Annual Uniform Crime Report, including county-by-county breakdowns, can be found on FDLE’s website at UCR


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