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PCSO News Release

Media Contact:
Eleazer, Carrie

Public Information Officer 
News Date: 9/30/2013 

 Polk County Sheriff’s Office Sees Crime Reduction During First Six Months of 2013 


 

Crime in the Polk County Sheriff’s Office primary law enforcement response areai is down 5.44% in the first six months of 2013 compared to the first six months of 2012.  One reason for the decrease - homicides are down 70% during this time frame.

 

According to the Uniform Crime Report (UCR) statistics, as reported semi-annually and annually to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE), there were 267 fewer crimes overall in the first six months of 2013 than in the first six months of 2012 in the Sheriff’s Office primary jurisdiction. There were 4,645 crimes in the first half of 2013, as compared to 4,912 crimes in the first half of 2012. Compared to two years ago (2011), crime in the first six months of 2013 is down 13%.

 

 

According to the UCR comparison, the number of non-violent crimes went down 312 crimes - from 4,340 crimes to 4,028 crimes, a reduction of 7.19%.  Non-violent crimes include burglaries, larcenies, and motor vehicle thefts.

 

Homicides were down 70%, from 10 to 3 homicides comparing the two semi-annual statistics.  

 

“The statistics don't lie - crime continues to decline in unicorporated Polk County.  There are several key reasons for this success, including our valuable partnerships with the communty; our proactive approach to solving crime trends before they become an issue; and the fact that we work hard every day to prove to the people of Polk County that we are committed to excellence." Sheriff Grady Judd 

 

Crime Rate at Historic Low:

The crime rate, which is the number of crimes per 100 residents, in 2012 was 2.48. This is the lowest crime rate ever measured in the Polk County Sheriff’s Office jurisdiction, breaking the previous record low of 2.70 crimes per 100 from 2011. Reliable crime statistics in Polk County started in 1971, when the crime rate was recorded at 4.16 crimes per 100.

Since 1997, the crime rate in Polk County has fallen by 62.9%:

Polk County has seen a decrease in the overall crime rate (crimes per 100 residents) since 1997, when PCSO implemented its Proactive Community Attack on Problems (PROCAP) program. Since then, the crime rate has fallen by 62.9%ii! PROCAP is a philosophy that emphasizes proactive strategies, focusing on problems, and working hand in hand with the community. Rather than reacting, we are focused on the systematic collection and analysis of crime tips and statistical data to determine where and when crime is occurring, and increasing law enforcement presence and formulating crime reduction strategies in identified areas to prevent future crimes. And our partnerships with citizens, organizations, and businesses have never been stronger—community involvement is a key part of our crime fighting and crime prevention strategies.

 

 

Semi-Annual Crime Statistics in the Polk County unincorporated area and

PCSO contract cities:

 

Category

Jan – June 2012

Jan – June 2013

Difference

Homicides

10

3

-70.00%

Forced Sex Offenses

55

57

3.64%

Robberies

68

73

7.35%

Aggravated Assaults

439

484

10.25%

TOTAL VIOLENT

572

617

7.87%

Burglaries

1,555

1,304

-16.14%

Larcenies

2,544

2,450

-3.70%

Motor Vehicle Thefts

241

274

13.69%

TOTAL NON-VIOLENT

4,340

4,028

-7.19%

TOTAL CRIMES

4,912

4,645

-5.44%


[i] PCSO Contract Cities: Polk City, Frostproof, Eagle Lake, Ft. Meade, Dundee, and Mulberry.

[ii] 2012 FDLE published state crime rate (the 2013 rate has not yet been published).