Date: August 20, 2002 "For Immediate Release"
To: News Media
From: Sheriff Lawrence W. Crow, Jr.
Media Contact:

Michal Shanley, 863 534-6631 or 819-0397 pager

Carrie Rodgers, (863) 534-6217 OR (863) 819-1856, Pager

Sheriff Reports 9% Decrease in Crime during First Half of 2002

Polk County Sheriff Lawrence W. Crow, Jr. announces today that crime has dropped 9% in the
unincorporated areas of the county during the first half of 2002, compared to the first six months of 2001.  The Polk County Sheriff’s Office recently reported the UCR (Uniform Crime Reporting) statistics to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE).  “These numbers reflect the success of our PROCAP (Proactive Community Attack on Problems) initiatives and the commitment of the members of our agency to ensure our community is a safer place to live,” Colonel Grady Judd, Jr. said of the decrease.  Colonel Judd also pointed out crime is now 37% below what it was back in 1998, the first year PROCAP was implemented.  “The reduction over the 5-year period recorded is unparalleled in the history of the Polk County Sheriff’s Office,” he added.

In the first six months of 2002:
 
Robberies dropped 24%, from 127 to 97, which means there were 30 fewer victims who were robbed.

  • Aggravated Assault/Batteries dropped 5%, from 489 to 476, which means there were 13 fewer
    victims assaulted.
  • Forced Sex Offenses dropped 15%, from 129 to 110, which means there were 18 fewer victims
    of this offense.
  • Burglaries dropped 12%, from 1,711 to 1,504, which means there were 207 fewer homes,
    businesses, or vehicles burglarized.
  • Larcenies dropped 9%, from 3,562 to 3,227, which means there were 335 fewer victims
    of larceny.

Only two crime categories experienced an increase: a 50% increase in homicides - from 8 to 12;
and a 7% increase in vehicle thefts - from 452 to 487.

This decrease in crime has occurred despite continued population growth in Polk County.

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