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Florida crime drops nine percent

Staff Reports

According to the 2018 Annual Uniform Crime Report, released Monday, overall crime rates in Florida are down in 2018 from 2017 by nine percent. This is now the 48th consecutive year Florida has seen a drop in its crime rate. The report also shows a 7.4 percent decrease of total index crimes, with 45,154 fewer reported offenses compared to 2017.

Overall, violent crime offenses dropped 4.2 percent while property crimes fell 7.9 percent.   The index crimes of robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, larceny and motor vehicle theft were down while murder and rape saw increases. Murder offenses increased by 50 total homicides, a 4.7 percent increase.  This includes the 17 victims of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting incident.

“Florida’s low crime rate is no accident.  It is the result of hard work by our deputies, with the support from Florida’s strong public safety laws,” said President of the Florida Sheriffs Association and Columbia County Sheriff Mark Hunter. “A major reason we enjoy a 48-year low in the crime rate today is because criminals are serving the time they deserve and not creating more crime victims by receiving a ‘get out of jail free’ card.  Florida’s ‘Truth in Sentencing’ laws have once again contributed to keeping our residents and visitors of the Sunshine State safe.”

“While the Florida Police Chiefs Association (FPCA) commends the hard work of law enforcement in the state of Florida, we recognize that we must remain vigilant in our efforts to protect the citizens and visitors to our state,” said Florida State University Police Chief and Florida Police Chiefs Association President David Perry. “We applaud Governor DeSantis’ recent establishment of a threat analysis strategy in our state.  The FPCA is committed to working with our state and local partners in making Florida one of the safest places in the nation to live, work and play.”

“The fall of overall crime rates in 2018 is great news for all Floridians, but there’s still more work to be done,” said Governor Ron DeSantis. “I recently met with Florida’s leading law enforcement officials to provide an update on the progress of the state’s threat assessment strategy, which I initiated in February in a request to FDLE Commissioner Swearingen.

We must do everything we can to protect our citizens and visitors from senseless acts of targeted violence. My administration will continue to stand with our law enforcement personnel and move forward on key policies to protect our residents and keep our communities safe.”

The Annual UCR calculates both crime volume and crime rate throughout Florida.  The report, including county-by-county breakdowns, can be found on FDLE’s website at

FDLE began tracking crime statistics in 1971.