TALLAHASSEE, Florida — The Florida Department of Law Enforcement released the 2019 Semi-Annual Uniform Crime Report.
The report shows Florida’s crime volume dropped 6.1 percent, or 17,079 fewer reported index crimes when compared to the first six months of 2018.
“The positive results of the 2019 Semi-Annual Uniform Crime Report are reassuring that our policies to fight crime are working,” Florida Governor Ron DeSantis said.
“I applaud the efforts of our state’s police chiefs, sheriffs and men and women in uniform for their tireless work day-in and day-out to protect and serve our communities. By working together, we will continue to embrace policies and procedures that lead us toward a safer, brighter future for all Floridians.”
According to the report, the number of violent crimes (murder, forcible sex offenses, robbery, and aggravated assault) was down slightly by 0.5 percent.
The report showed a 6.6 percent drop in murders (which includes the 17 people murdered during the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting incident), a 3.4 percent decrease in robberies, a 1.0 percent drop in rapes, and a 0.5 percent decrease in aggravated assaults.
Property crime (burglary, larceny, and motor vehicle theft) fell 7.0 percent. Burglary and larceny are down 15.6 percent and 5.2 percent respectively. The number of motor vehicle thefts decreased by 7.7 percent.
Domestic violence offenses were virtually unchanged in the first half of 2019 when compared to the first half of 2018. Cohabitants continue to be the largest group of victims in this category, with spouses remaining the second largest group.
“This crime reduction did not happen by accident—we are equipped with the necessary tools and support to fight crime,” Pinellas County Sheriff and Florida Sheriffs Association President Bob Gualtieri said.
“One of the most important tools is Florida’s Truth in Sentencing law, which for 25 years has ensured criminals serve at least 85% of their sentence. Criminals should serve the sentences imposed by judges instead of being released early to prey on more victims.”