Crime rates haven't been this low in the state in over 40 years. And in Jackson County, the Sheriff's Department celebrated a 13 percent decline since last year. The drop was in all areas of crime, including both violent and non-violent crimes.
We spoke with Jackson County Sheriff, Lou Roberts who said he thinks the decrease was a result of several factors. For one, he said his patrol cars now refuel outside of the station which increases visibility.
He also said there has been a great level of citizen participation in programs like Crime Stoppers. But he also thinks the decreased rate is an indicator of an economic upswing.
But Roberts was quick to tell us these decreased rates do not mean officers can relax their routines. "We continue just like we are right now. We continue to work hard, we continue to battle the crime issues in our county and across the state. I think people in general are just tired of crime" Roberts said.
Every rate on the Florida Department of Law Enforcement's Crime report showed a decrease except arrest rates. In Jackson County Arrest rates rose by seven percent.