The 2013 Semi-Annual Uniform Crime Report (UCR) from the Lee County Sheriff's Office shows a reduction in overall crime in the county for the sixth straight year.
The total number of crimes dropped from 4968 in the first half of last year to 4804 in the first half of 2013 for a reduction of 3.3%. Non-violent crimes also fell by 4.5%. And while total violent crimes rose a modest 5%, the most serious crime, murder, is down a whopping 73%.
Other highlights include a continuing downward trend in both residential and business burglaries. In fact, dating back to the same period in 2011, residential burglary is down 25% while business burglaries plummeted by 37%.
Sheriff Mike Scott notes another positive in the semi-annual crime report. "While the total number of crimes is down, the number of arrests is actually up by more than 200. This shows that the fine deputies with the Sheriff's Office continue to work to make Lee County a safer place for you and me."
The Sheriff's Office has primary jurisdiction for the unincorporated areas of Lee County, as well as the cities of Bonita Springs and Fort Myers Beach, but deputies have county-wide arrest powers. Other county-wide services under the charge of the Sheriff include the operation of two correctional facilities, court operations and service of criminal warrants, civil court orders and much more.
"Of course the year is only half over," says Sheriff Scott, "so our goal is to keep up the good work for the next six months. I have no doubt the men and women of the Lee County Sheriff's Office will be up to the challenge."
A copy of the Semi-Annual Report is available on the Sheriff's Office web site at www.sheriffleefl.org under the "About Us" tab, then click on "Public Reports."
Media inquiries are directed to the Public Information Office at (239) 477-1340.