Violent crime drops in Cape Coral

CREATED Feb. 28, 2014

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CAPE CORAL, Fla. - Cape Coral's police department released its crime stats for 2013.

It shows a 14% drop in violent crimes in 2013 from 2012.  The biggest decline was in the area of sex offenses, which fell 56.3%.

The number of homicides dropped from four to three year-to-year, a 25% decrease.

Overall property crime across the Cape was down 4.1%.  The only major crime that jumped was motor vehicle theft which climbed 27.2% in 2014.

"We are encouraged by the declines in both violent and non-violent crime here in Cape Coral.  While we are enjoying the benefits of a nationwide downtrend in crime, we would be remiss if we did not recognize the hard work of our Officers, Detectives, Forensics, and Telecommunications personnel for their part in continuing to drive crime down and make Cape Coral a safe place to live, work, and play.  We must also acknowledge the tremendous partnership that we have with our community.  Without the terrific relationship that we enjoy with our citizens, these types of results just wouldn't be possible."- Bart Connelly, Chief of Police.