August 20, 2002
Lawrence W. Crow, Jr.
Shanley, 863 534-6631 or
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
- 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
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.