October 26, 2001
Lawrence W. Crow, Jr.
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According to the
2001 semi-annual report of the state's crime statistics released today by
the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, the overall crime volume in
Florida increased slightly while overall crime in unincorporated Polk
County dropped. The state's numbers represent an overall 1.2%
increase in the volume of reported index crimes (murder, forcible sex,
robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, larceny and motor vehicle theft),
compared to a 3.48% drop in unincorporated Polk County.
These figures demonstrate that Polk County's proactive approach to law
enforcement really works. With the help of dedicated deputies, such
as the pilot and flight officer who recently lost their lives in the line
of duty, the quality of life in Polk County continues to improve, said
Sheriff Lawrence W. Crow, Jr.
The FDLE reported that state-wide violent crimes rose 2.5%, with state
non-violent crimes rising 1.0%. Polk County Sheriff's Office crime
statistics reveal that violent crimes leveled off (.25% increase), with
non-violent crimes dropping 4%. Specifically, unincorporated Polk
crime statistics are as follows:
Homicides dropped 11.11%, from 9 to 8.
Forced Sex Offenses rose 5.76%, from 180 to 191.
Robberies rose 3.15%, from 123 to 127.
Aggravated Assaults dropped 0.6%, from 492 to 489.
Burglaries dropped 0.6%, from 1722 to 1711.
Larcenies dropped 3.15%, from 3678 to 3562.
Motor Vehicle Theft dropped 19.72%, from 563 to 452.
Motor vehicle theft experienced the largest drop of all categories with a
19.72% decrease. The Polk County Sheriff's Office attributes this impart,
to its Auto Theft Task Force. This unit is grant funded by the Florida
Motor Vehicle Theft Prevention Authority and works chop shops and
organized auto thefts in Polk County. The arrest of one person
involved in a chop shop tends to have a domino affect on others who are
involved, said Sgt. Garry James.