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Workshop to lower the crime rate in the Capital City

Posted at 5:38 PM, Oct 10, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-10 17:38:00-04

TALLAHASSEE, FL (WTXL) -- Leon county commissioners working with local law enforcement leaders met today to discuss concerning crime statistics. The workshop focused on how best to use the resources from Tallahassee and the university police forces. 

The group has been meeting for months to identify high crime areas and recommended strategies for public safety. Tallahassee has the highest crime rate in Florida for 3 years running. The importance of enhances communications and outreach within the community, especially in neighborhood hot spots is part of an "All In" initiative by the Sheriff's office. 

The uniform crime report is the primary source of data that is used to measure crime and how it changes over the years. The data it provides helps to understand the trends and make decisions based on what is happening in each jurisdiction. Of the 7 crime categories, property crime has the highest number of occurrences in Tallahassee.

Statistics show cities with a high volume of transient workers tend to have increased crime rates and this is true in Tallahassee. 30% of people working in town live outside of Leon County. The sheriff's office is hoping to empower the community to better protect themselves and their neighbors by increasing their community outreach and promoting watch participation. 

There is some good news however. There has been an overall decrease in total crimes in Tallahassee by 6% since programs were created to raise awareness in the community.