PCB Police say crime is down from last year

Published: Mar. 22, 2021 at 10:48 PM CDT
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PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - While several crimes were committed in Bay County over the weekend, Panama City Beach Police said police activity was down 5% this weekend compared to previous spring break weekends.

“That gained the media’s attention and public attention and I think that’s why there may be some questions on whether we were more busy this weekend or last,” Beach Police Lieutenant J.R. Talamantez said.

For perspective, when police are needed, that activity is given a case number. Talamantez said over the weekend, they had more than 940 case numbers pulled. He said two weekends ago, they had almost 1,000 case numbers pulled.

“Just goes to show you the activity of the behavior of people that were here last weekend to this weekend,” said Talamantez.

Talamantez said most are traffic stops and car accidents. He adds all these incidents have taken place since the wave of spring breakers arrived at the beginning of the month.

“Our numbers are showing, at least when it comes to public safety-related matters, are consistent with the time of the year and there’s no cause for concern at the moment,” said Talamantez.

We spoke with tourists and locals who all say despite the Spring Break crime, they still feel safe being here. They said they attribute the safer feeling to the beach becoming a more family-friendly spring break environment.

“I would say I do feel safe. I’ve come up here quite a lot since I was a little girl and I’ve never had any crazy encounters,” said one woman.

“The police do their job good enough and control the crime and all the other criminal activity,” said one man.

“I feel safe here. I mean the police do enough of their job to keep things good and the community good,” said another man.

Talamantez said they can’t predict what will happen the rest of the month, but they are prepared for anything. Beach Police said they want people to understand while these things happened during Spring Break season, the more serious crimes committed this month did not involve spring breakers.

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