Crime Rates Fall in Florida

By: News Release
By: News Release

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Governor Rick Scott announced today the 2012 Annual Uniform Crime Report.

The report shows Florida’s crime rate dropped 6.5 percent compared to 2011. The total number of crimes fell 5.7 percent from last year which translates into 43,536 fewer crimes in 2012. The number of violent crimes was down 4.3 percent or 4,218 fewer crimes reported. The complete 2012 Annual Uniform Crime Report, including county-by-county breakdowns, can be found on FDLE’s website at

Governor Scott said, “It is because of the hard work of Florida’s law enforcement community that we can celebrate today’s great news about Florida’s crime rate. Having a low crime rate is important to my goal of creating jobs and opportunities for Florida families, and making our state the best state in the nation to live, work or raise a family.”

The Florida Police Chiefs Association President, Chief Dennis Jones of Tallahassee Police Department, stated, “These numbers demonstrate the quality of law enforcement officers we have in our state. As law enforcement agencies and its officers are required to do more with less, I am proud of the dedication they have demonstrated in keeping our citizens and communities safe.”

Non–violent crime decreased 5.9 percent or a reduction of 39,318 reported crimes compared to 2011. The value of stolen property decreased by 9.1 percent while the value of property recovered increased 2.7 percent. Total arrests increased 0.8 percent from 2011.

Overall domestic violence fell 3.3 percent. While there were 3,635 fewer victims of domestic violence in 2012, cohabitants continue to be the largest group of victims in this category, with spouses remaining the second largest group.

Crimes committed by firearms continue to drop in 2012, down 2.0 percent with 489 fewer crimes committed with guns in 2012.

The report also contains information on officers killed feloniously. Two law enforcement officers and one correctional officer died from criminal causes while on duty during 2012. In addition, two law enforcement officers died accidentally during the course of duty.

FDLE began tracking crime statistics in 1971.

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