Florida crime rate drops for record 50th straight year

Press release from Florida Department of Law Enforcement

Crime is down across Florida for the 50th straight year, according to the 2020 Annual Uniform Crime Report released today. The report shows Florida’s total crime volume dropped 14.1 percent, or 76,523 fewer reported index crimes, compared to 2019. 
 
Overall, property crimes dropped by 17 percent in this report, or 78,373 crimes. Meanwhile, violent crime edged up by 2.3 percent, or 1,850 crimes. The index crimes of rape, robbery, burglary, larceny and motor vehicle theft crimes were down, while murder and aggravated assault increased. Domestic violence murder was down in 2020, while stalking increased.

Alachua County’s total crime volume dropped 3.3 percent, 296 fewer reported index crimes, compared to 2019.

For Alachua County, the index crimes of rape, burglary, and larceny were down, while murder, robbery, aggravated assault, and motor vehicle theft increased. The crime rate per 100,000 population dropped 4.8%, and the clearance rate per 100 offenses dropped from 25.3 to 24.2. The biggest percentage increase was in murders, from 6 to 16, a 167% increase.
 
The 2020 Annual Uniform Crime Report, including county-by-county breakdowns, can be found on FDLE’s website at http://www.fdle.state.fl.us/FSAC/CJAB-Home/Uniform-Crime-Report/Data-Archives.

FDLE began tracking crime statistics in 1971.
 

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