Leon County Crime Rate Down In First Half Of 2012

Nov 2, 2012

Credit Florida Department of Law Enforcement

The State of Florida is looking a little safer – that’s according to Florida Department of Law Enforcement’s biannual crime report.  Overall crime in Florida has dropped, and crime in Leon County has sunk 7% in the past six months.

The report shows a nearly 4 point decrease in crime statewide for January to June of this year.  Dave Northway of the Tallahassee Police Department said the decrease is thanks to community involvement.

“We’re working with our people to find and figure out exactly what needs resources, and once we figure out what are those resources that are needed we send officers and try to make sure that we’re taking care of the problems that are happening in our community,” said Northway.

While the majority of the crime in Leon County continues to take place within the city of Tallahassee, it’s crime rate has gone down 10 percent, while crime outside the city has gone up 13 percent. This report marks first time since early 2010 that the overall crime index for Leon County has gone down. Throughout Florida crime is down 4 points with decreases in robbery and assault, but increases in murder and sex offenses.

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