Lee County crime rate drops in 2012
FOX 4 Staff
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FORT MYERS, Fla. - The Lee County Sheriff's Office released its crime stats for 2012 claiming the lowest crime rate since the turn of the new millennium.
Overall crime fell in 12.17% compared to 2011. Lee County Sheriff Mike Scott credited his staff, "It it weren't for the proactive efforts of our deputies and support staff around the clock on the street, in the jail, on the phone and in dedicated service, we would not see such improvements."
The biggest decline came in the area of residential burglaries which fell 24 percent year to year. Robberies fell 9% in 2012.
The most notable increase from year to year came in sex crimes and motor vehicle thefts. Also 2012 saw 17 murders, two more than 2011.
2011 2012 Change Percentage
Murder* 15 17 2 13.33%
Forced Sex Crimes 141 177 36 25.53%
Robbery 373 340 -33 -8.85%
Aggravated Assault/Stalking 669 707 38 5.68%
Motor Vehicle Theft 477 601 124 26.00%