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Florida's crime rate dropped 6.5 percent in 2012

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Posted at 2:55 PM, May 16, 2013
and last updated 2013-05-16 11:01:08-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Florida's overall crime rate is dropping.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement released its annual crime report on Thursday, showing that crime was down 6.5 percent in 2012 compared to the year before.

The largest reason for the drop was a significant drop in robberies, burglaries and thefts.

The report, though, did show that murders and sex offenses were up slightly from 2011. There were 1,009 murders last year, 24 more than the year before.

Locally, numbers show for example in Leon County while the number of arrests went up 17.8% in 2012 from the year before, the total number of violent crime and non-violent crimes went down.

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