Florida’s crime rate is at its lowest level in 46 years.
Crime figures released Wednesday by the state show there were just over 18,000 fewer crimes committed last year in Florida than there were in 2015. That’s a decrease of 2.8 percent.
“I want to thank all of our law enforcement for putting their lives on the line to keep Florida’s families safe,” Gov. Rick Scott said in a statement released by his office Wednesday. “Our state’s continuously decreasing crime rate is a reminder of the dedication and hard work Florida’s law enforcement officers show every day.”
The drop in the state’s crime rate can be a bit deceiving.
Despite the overall drop in crime, Florida still saw increases last year in the number of murders, rapes and motor vehicle thefts.
The number of murders increased from 984 in 2015 to 1,040 last year. A jump of 6.5 percent.
Cases of rape rose from 7,534 to 7,583. An increase of 0.7 percent.
While car thefts jumped from 40,573 in 2015 to 43,044 in 2016. A jump of 6.1 percent.
The drop in last year’s overall numbers was the result of a 8 percent decrease in burglaries and a nearly 5 percent drop in robberies.
There was a total of 641,014 crimes committed in Florida in 2016.
You can go here for more information on the Florida Department of Law Enforcement Uniform Crime Report