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Leon County crime drops in the first half of 2019

Reported murders up from first half of 2018
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Posted at 6:41 PM, Dec 13, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-13 18:41:24-05

LEON COUNTY, Fla. (WTXL) — Crime was down across Leon County in the first half of 2019 compared to the first half of 2018, according to the 2019 Semi-Annual Uniform Crime Report.

The county's total crime index was down 12.4 percent in the first six months of 2019 compared to the first six months of 2018. That percentage drop works out to about 800 fewer reported index crimes.

Crime is also down across the state. The report shows Florida’s crime volume dropped 6.1 percent, or 17,079 fewer reported index crimes, compared to the first six months of 2018.

Overall, both violent and property crimes were down in this report.

“The positive results of the 2019 Semi-Annual Uniform Crime Report are reassuring that our policies to fight crime are working," said Gov. Ron DeSantis. "I applaud the efforts of our state’s police chiefs, sheriffs and men and women in uniform for their tireless work day-in and day-out to protect and serve our communities. By working together, we will continue to embrace policies and procedures that lead us toward a safer, brighter future for all Floridians.”

According to the semi-annual report, there were fewer rapes, robberies, aggravated assaults, burglaries and thefts across the county in the first half of 2019. However, there were five more murders reported during the first half of this year versus the first half of last.

Last year, Leon County made headlines for having the highest crime rate in Florida for the fifth year in a row.

The report, including county-by-county breakdowns, can be found here.