Florida Crime Rate Reaches New Low
TALLAHASSEE (by Alan McBride/FLA. NEW NETWORK) -- Crime is not what it used to be, according to a report issued by state law enforcement officials.
The Florida Department of Law Enforcement, in its Uniform Crime Report, says crime in the Sunshine State has fallen to a 43-year low.
The FDLE report indicates that the crime rate, based on a per-100,000 population benchmark, dropped 4.7 percent in 2013, as compared to the year prior.
The total number of crimes was down by 3.8 percent, according to the FDLE report.
Officials said violent crimes overall were down 2.4 percent, with murders leading the way in declines. There were 3.9 percent fewer murders in 2013 than in 2012, according to the FDLE.
Law enforcement officials said it was worth noting that the crime rate went down even as the state's population continued to grow.
Two law enforcement officers were killed in the line of duty last year, according to the report.
Two other law officers died by accident.
The figures also indicated that crime dropped in Florida's most densely-populated counties.
Crime was down by 6.3 percent in Broward County, 6.4 percent in Hillsborough County, 2.9 percent in Miami-Dade County, and 0.5 percent in Pinellas County.