Date: October 26, 2001 "For Immediate Release"
To: News Media
From: Sheriff Lawrence W. Crow, Jr.
Media Contact:

Aaron Flint, (863) 534-6377 or 502-8262 pager

Unincorporated Polk Crime Drops

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.

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