Date: February 2, 2005 "For Immediate Release"
To: News Media
From: Sheriff Grady Judd
Media Contact:

Michal Shanley, (863) 534-6631 OR (863) 981-2375 Pager

Polk County Crime Drops Again

Polk County's crime rate in the unincorporated areas (for which PCSO is responsible) has dropped to an all time low not seen since before the early 1970s. According to the Uniform Crime Report (UCR) statistics reported annually to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, overall crime dropped 7.7% during 2004, compared to the same time period in 2003.

And that's not all - PCSO has seen a decrease in crime in every measured category compared to 1997, for an overall decrease of an incredible 45% since that year, according to the UCR statistics. Sheriff Grady Judd attributes this significant and steady drop in large part to the success of the PROCAP (Proactive Community Attack on Problems) program, which began in January of 1998.

“Any time we partner with the community and focus our collective resources on those who commit crime, we  make a real and visible difference,” Judd said. “People are safer today than they have been in the last three decades in unincorporated Polk County."

The crime rate (crimes per 1,000 residents) for 2004 was 3.2%, which translates to 10,609 crimes per 330,596 unincorporated Polk residents.

"This is an all time low not seen since before the very early 70s, when these statistics were first reliably gathered.” Sheriff Judd said.

From January-December 2004, compared to January-December 2003, crime in unincorporated Polk dropped in all but one of the major measured categories, as seen in the chart below:

  2003 2004 % Change
Homicide 16 10 -34.5%
Forced Sex 237 204 -15.2%
Robberies 182 188 +3.3%
Agg Assault/Battery 1111 1052 -5.3%
Burglaried 3086 2798 -9.3%
Larcenies 5983 5478 -8.4%
Veh thefts 884 882 -.2%
TOTALS 11,499 10,609 -7.7%


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