Florida Crime Rate Lowest in 43 Years

Florida's crime rate is the lowest it's been in 43 years.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement released the statewide numbers for 2013 Wednesday.

Florida's rate fell another 4.7% in 2013, and the total number of crimes was the lowest since 1970.

Bay County was also a bit safer last year, with its rate improving 5.4%.

There were increases in the number of rapes, but decreases in property thefts and burglaries.

Calhoun County had the most improvement.

The crime rate was down a whopping 37%.

Franklin also saw a significant improvement, down 27.6%.

Two area counties saw big increases.

Gulf County jumping 30.7% and Holmes County was up 17.6%.

They both had significant increases in thefts and aggravated assaults.

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