Crime in unincorporated Sarasota County has dropped by more than 16 percent in 2012 compared to the previous year, according to statistics released by the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office this week.
Violent crimes plus burglary, larceny and car theft, known as Part 1 Offenses in the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting Index, decreased nearly 18 percent, according to the sheriff's office.
The number of violent crimes such as murder, robbery and aggravated assault, which account for part of the Total Index Offenses, is down nearly 16 percent. However, within that, aggravated assault has more than doubled—up more than 104 percent, going from 21 to 43 reported cases, according to the report.
Larcenies have also slightly increased, by 3 percent, up to 414 reported cases.
Burglary is down more than 26 percent and fraud dropped nearly 28 percent.
The statistics are only for calls for service by the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office and does not cover calls by the Sarasota Police Department, other incorporated police departments and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and Florida Highway Patrol.
Calls for service are down nearly five percent, total arrests are down almost four percent and the number of traffic tickets issued remained flat, according to the report.
“Proactive policing efforts driven by our agency-wide ‘Intelligence 2 Action’ program is having a major impact on crime,” Knight said. “Consistent information sharing helps us develop quality intelligence, which allows us to target the biggest problems in our community and focus our energy on those who repeatedly commit these crimes.”
Since Knight took office in January 2009, overall reported crime decreased 21 percent, Part 1 crime is down 26 percent and DUI arrests are up 32 percent, according to the sheriff's office.
To see the full report visit www.SarasotaSheriff.org and under Public Interest click on Crime & Accident Statistics, Uniform Crime Reporting Statistics, December 2012.