Date: February 13, 2002 "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 6.7% During 2001

Sheriff Lawrence W. Crow, Jr. is pleased to report that during 2001, crime in unicorporated Polk County decreased 6.7%. 

In 2001, 13,176 index crimes were reported in the unicorporated areas of Polk County, compared to 14,125 index crimes reported in 2000. Index crimes include Murder, Forcible Sex, Robbery, Aggravated Assault, Burglary, Larceny, and Motor Vehicle Theft. This amount of reported index crimes is Polk's second lowest total in the past 7 years.

With the exception of Forcible Sex Offenses, all index crimes decreased. In fact, Murder and Motor Vehicle Thefts experienced double digit decreases in 2001.  Specifically, unicorporated Polk crime statistics are as follows:

Murder decreased 20%, from 15 to 12.
Forcible Sex Offenses increased 9.1%, from 373 to 407.
Robbery decreased 4.7%, from 255 to 243.
Aggravated Assault decreased 4.7%, from 1,014 to 966.
Burglary decreased 7.4%, from 3,779 to 3,501.
Larceny decreased 6.9%, from 7,582 to 7,062.
Motor vehicle Theft decreased 11%, from 1,107 to 985.

“Our agency's proactive approach to fighting crime continues to ensure the well-being of the citizens we support and serve,” said Sheriff Crow.

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