published: Sunday, November 04, 2012
County's crime has gone down
By CHRISTOPHER TUFFLEY
SEBRING -- Sheriff Susan Benton joined Governor Rick Scott and other Florida criminal justice officials in a press conference Thursday to announce the results of the 2012 Uniform Crime Report for the first half of the year.
Scott said according to the report there has been a 3.8 percent reduction in Florida's crime index between Jan. 1 and June 31, 2012 compared to the same time in 2011.
According to the UCR, Bradford County's crime volume saw the largest decrease -- 68.7 percent. Liberty County experienced the largest increase -- 90 percent since 2011.
Highlands County's crime volume dropped by 14.2 percent, Benton announced in a press release. "Our total crime index for the first six months of 2012 is 1,438 index crimes, while the state's total is 359,051. Highlands County represents only .4 percent of the state's total," she said.
By comparison, during the first six months of 2011, Highlands County's total crime index offenses was 3,183.
"Today's numbers tell a story of dedication by Florida's sheriffs and deputies," Benton said. She is the current president of the Florida Sheriff's Association. "The loyalty and sacrifice to service is what law enforcement live for every day -- they are committed to dedicating their lives to ensure the safety and protection of our citizens. This decline in crime is more than a drop in numbers; it shows the promise of the men and women within our law enforcement agencies."
According to the FBI's website, the creation of a national crime data tracking system began in the 1920s. Since the 1930s the FBI has been the official collector of crime statistics from all over the country.
Seven index crimes are tracked by the Uniform Crime Report: murder, forcible sex offenses, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, larceny and motor vehicle theft.
"The report calculates crime volume, which is the total number of known index crimes," Benton said. "The report then calculates both volume and rate of crime based on the number of index crimes reported per 1,000 people."
Every six months the statistics are released.
The report is designed to show law enforcement agencies trends over time for the purposes of planning and developing policies.
According to pubrecords.com and listed as raw numbers, not adjusted figures, so far in 2012 Highlands County as a whole has experienced: 328 aggravated assaults; 928 burglaries; 22 forcible rapes; 6 infant deaths; 1,735 larcenies and thefts; 174 motor-vehicle thefts; 4 murders; and 72 robberies.
ELECTION TIME (by: W-2 - 11/5/2012)
They are cooking the books for the election!!! Drugs run amuck in Sebring
Don't believe this report (by: W - 11/4/2012)
The crime is UP not down. Why are they lying to us?
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