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Crime Rate Falls in Florida during 2011

1:58 PM, Oct 21, 2011   |    comments
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Crime in Florida is down through the first six months of the year, according to a report released by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement on Friday.

The report shows overall crime is down two percent. Violent offenses, such as murder, robbery and aggravated assault, dropped 3.2 percent. However, forcible sex offenses rose one percent.

FDLE Commissioner Gerald Bailey says the report shows overall crime has continued to drop from last year when the state recorded its lowest crime rate in 40 years.

Bailey credits aggressive law enforcement crime-fighting efforts and improving cooperation between federal, state and local law enforcement.

"We know that these first six months are a good indicator of what 2011 is going to look like and we are optimistic that this downward trend will continue for the remainder of this year."

U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Florida Pam Marsh echoed Bailey's explanation, saying better cooperation between all law enforcement officials is helping drive down crime rates.

"Jointly working firearms cases, drug cases, child exploitation cases, violent crime and gang cases, identity theft, complex financial fraud, you name it, we're working together to bring it down."

The report also shows a reduction in domestic violence crime.

Domestic violence murders are down 14 percent, but Leisa Wiseman of the Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence said there is still much work to do.

"It's important, though, that we don't forget that during the first six months of 2011, domestic violence claimed the lives of 85 individuals, lives lost at the hands of someone they once loved, someone they once trusted."

See the complete Semi-Annual Uniform Crime Report

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