Overall crime down for first half of 2013 in Lee County
FOX 4 Staff
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FORT MYERS, Fla. - The Lee County Sheriff's Office released its semi-annual Uniform Crime Report today and it shows a reduction in overall crime countywide for the sixth straight year.
The total number of crimes dropped from 4968 in the first half of 2012 to 4804 in the first half of 2013, a reduction of 3.3%. Non-violent crimes also fell by 4.5%.
The bad news is that violent crimes rose 5%, but the most serious crime murder, is down a whopping 73%. There were 11 murders in the first half of 2012, so far in 2013 there have been only three murders.
Other highlights from the report show a down trend in both residential and business burglaries. Dating back to the same period in 2011 residential burglaries are down 25% while business burglaries plummeted 37%.
Sheriff Mike Scott notes another positive from the report, "While the total number of crimes is down, the number of arrests is actually up by more than 200. This shows that the fine deputies with the Sheriff's Office continue to work to make Lee County a safer place for you and me."