Crime dropped in Leon County

Crime dropped in Leon  County
Crime dropped in Leon  County
Posted at 5:50 AM, Nov 29, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-29 01:49:15-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - A newly released crime report shows that in Leon County crime for the beginning of this year is down.

WTXL ABC 27's Jada Williams was live Thursday morning at the Leon County Sheriff's Office with a closer look at what is driving crime down.

That report showed that the first six months of this year saw less crime than the crime reported for the first half of last year.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement released its Semi-Annual Uniform Crime-Report showing that crime in Leon County dropped 7.7 percent.

The county showed improvement in the aggravated assault, burglary and robbery categories.

However, since September, Leon County has seen an increase burglary and robbery cases - especially in residential neighborhoods such as Killearn.

Leon County Sheriff Walt McNeil says that this is the time of year that we typically see more of those crimes committed.

"We know every year, I call it Season of Crime in the winter when it gets cold, we have more break-ins," he said. "Cause people now wearing clothing, dark clothing, heavy clothing, and they're better able to conceal themselves, and if the time changes, you have darkness a lot longer, and under those circumstances people take advantage of circumstances."

Sheriff McNeil says that he wants homeowners to continue to lock their homes and cars, regularly check their security systems, and share any suspicious activity with them.

The Sheriff's Office is also continuing steps to prevent crime by focusing on more community policing and relying on multiple programs.

Of the Big Bend counties, Gadsden County saw the biggest drop in crime at 23.1 percent while Lafayette County saw the biggest increase in crime at 104.3 percent.