The Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) has released its semiannual crime report. The statistics are from a reporting period of January 2010 to June 2010.
During the first six months of 2010, the State of Florida has seen an overall decrease in crime of 4.8% from the index crime volume reported for the same period in 2009. Violent crimes in the State decreased this current reporting period by 10.7%. Violent crimes consist of murder, forcible sex offenses, robbery and aggravated assault.
Non-violent crimes, consisting of burglary, larceny and motor vehicle theft, decreased by 3.9% statewide.
In Columbia County, a total crime rate decrease of 16.5% was achieved from the same six month reporting period last year. The combined case clearance rate of all the law enforcement agencies serving Columbia County was 31.1%. The statewide average clearance rate is 23%. The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office achieved an agency case clearance rate of 34.6%, an 8.2% increase over the same reporting period last year.
For the second year in a row, crime is down in Columbia County. In addition, the case clearance rate is higher. The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office attributes this success to the dedication and hard work of the men and women of CCSO. The continued community partnership with the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office is a significant factor to the decrease in crime and the success of more cases being solved.