Date: November 25, 2003 "For Immediate Release"
To: News Media
From: Sheriff Lawrence W. Crow, Jr.
Media Contact:

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

Unincorporated Polk Crime Drops More Than State In 2003

Sheriff Lawrence W. Crow, Jr., is pleased to announce that for the third year in a row, crime in unincorporated Polk County, over which the Polk County Sheriff's Office has jurisdiction, has decreased.  During the first six months of 2003, crime went down 4%, compared to the same time period in 2002. According to recently released semi-annual statistics from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE), the overall crime reported in Florida decreased 1.3% the first six months of the year.

From January to June 2003, compared to January to June 2002, crime in unincorporated Polk in nearly all measured categories had decreases, some of them double-digit. Another way of looking at it: non-violent crimes dropped 5%, and violent crimes went down 2% overall.

Unincorporated Polk and statewide statistics are as follows:
 

  Polk Polk Polk Statewide
  Jan-Jun 02 Jan-Jun 03 %02-03 %02-03
Homicide 12 9 -25%   +1.6%
Forced Sex 110          117 +6%      -3.4%
Robberies 97 80 -18% 0%
Agg Assault/Batt* 67 468 +.2%    -2.1%
Burglaries 1504        1600               +6%   -3.2%
Larcenies 3227        2946                -9%  +.3%
Veh Thefts 487          432              -11%   -6.1%
TOTALS 5904        5652                -4%   -1.3%
*Agg Assault/Batt = Aggravated Assault/Battery
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