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Tallahassee crime stats show overall decrease, but uptick in property theft

Florida’s crime rate is down by 0.8 percent for 2011, with violent crimes down by 3.7-percent and non-violent crimes up by 0.4- percent. And Tallahassee Chief of Police Dennis Jones says Tallahassee’s crime statistics closely reflect the state’s with a decrease violent crime, but an uptick in property crimes like burglary.

“The continued decrease in over-all crime, especially violent crime, is a very good indication that law enforcement’s crime fighting efforts, combined with community partnerships is making a difference in Florida,” Jones said, adding that he looks at the crime report as a “report card.”

Jones says law enforcement officers can use the crime report as a learning tool.

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Regan McCarthy is the Assistant News Director for WFSU Public Media. Before coming to Tallahassee, Regan graduated with honors from Indiana University’s Ernie Pyle School of Journalism. She worked for several years for NPR member station WFIU in Bloomington, Ind., where she covered local and state government and produced feature and community stories.

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