Crime Rates in Florida Continue to Drop

For the first half of this year, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement reports overall crime is down more than two percent compared to the same time last year. Violent crime is down by a little over half a percent.

Arrests of adults are up over seven-and-a-half percent, but arrests of juveniles are down nearly five percent. State officials say the good news is the result of a lot of cooperation from communities around the state.

FD-E Commissioner Guy Tunnell told NewsChannel Seven the public deserves much of the credit.

"Certainly law enforcement has been very aggressive in its work. I think we have a lot of support from the public as well. This is a team effort between law and the public. I think its a very good and positive report for the state of Florida."

The FDLE statistics show crime dropped almost 13 percent in Bay County in the first six months of this year. The 12.8 percent decline shows a drop in the number of local rapes, robberies, assaults, burglaries and larcenies.

The only crime increase locally was in the number of stolen cars.

The other positive news is that the percentage of crimes cleared by local police went up to 42 percent.