Overall crime down year to year in Lee County

CREATED Jan 17, 2014

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LEE COUNTY, Fla. - The Lee County Sheriff's Office released its annual crime report and for the second year in a row crime is trending down.

Overall crime in the county dropped in 2013 by more than 6% when compared to 2013

Sheriff Mike Scott says “The final numbers for 2013 are encouraging and represent the tireless efforts of each member of our agency and his or her dedication to excellence. While even one crime is too many, Lee County remains a safe place and we will do everything we can to keep it that way. I look forward to continuing these efforts in 2014."

Some of the biggest drops for 2012 were property crimes, as reflected in the Sheriff’s Office Uniform Crime Report (UCR)* data. Specifically, the category of motor vehicle theft saw an 18.5% decrease from last year (from 601 to 490).

Residential burglaries experienced a significant reduction with 204 fewer crimes, a 12.6% decrease. In the violent crimes category, forced sex crimes are down 14 % (from 177 to 152).

Murders in Lee County have dropped 29% (from 17 to 12).

Additional statistical crime and arrest information is available, including breakouts by patrol districts, on the Sheriff’s Office website under the About Us tab; click on Public Reports, then the 2013 Annual Crime Report.