Florida’s crime rate continues to drop & it’s even better in South Florida

Florida’s crime rate continues to drop & it’s even better news in South Florida 

Excerpt: Crime was down nearly 13 percent in Palm Beach County during the first six months of 2018, mirroring a statewide trend, according to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. 

Murders, robberies, aggravated assaults, motor-vehicle thefts and burglaries were all down in the county compared to the first six months of 2017. Rapes were up slightly. 

Bottom Line: The FDLE crime report was generally full of better news. Especially in South Florida. But before diving into the newer and improved crime news from the 1st half of 2018, it’s important to remember where we started the year. You might recall that crime dropped to a 47 year low in Florida in 2017. So, when we’re talking about further declines in 2018, these are declines off of the lowest crime levels we’d seen in Florida since 1970. Here were the highlights from the report:  

  • 8% decline in statewide crime 

In South Florida: 

  • Broward: 13% decline 
  • Miami-Dade: 9% decline 
  • Palm Beach: 13% decline 

It’s encouraging to see South Florida crime rates declining faster than the state average as well. As is often the case, the larger the county, the higher the crime rate. That still remains the case and is the less positive news here. Miami-Dade still has the highest crime rate with Broward second and Palm Beach County fourth state-wide. Progress is progress though, and the trend is outstanding.

 

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