Semi-Annual Crime Stats show decrease

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement yesterday released crime statistics for counties and cities, showing an impressive decrease for the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office for the first half of 2013.

Between January and June of this year, areas of the county patrolled by the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office showed a decrease in major crimes of 7.8% over the same time period in 2012. Most of that decrease was in “Larceny” crimes also known as theft or grand theft. Larcenies went from 694 in 2012 to 592 this year.

And the Sheriff’s Office saw a significant increase in the number of cases cleared. In 2012, the clearance rate for crimes was 23.4%. During the first half of this year the number jumped to 27.4%. Statistics published on the Florida Department of Law Enforcement web site going back to 1991 show this to be the highest clearance rate ever for the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office.

There are two ways to clear a case: by arrest or “Cleared by Exception”, which means an offender has been identified but there is something beyond the agency’s control which keeps that offender from being arrested. An example would be that the offender is dead, extradition from another jurisdiction is denied, or the case involves a juvenile offender who cannot be charged for some reason.

“I am very happy to see such positive numbers in the first six months of my term as Sheriff,” said Sheriff Rick Ramsay. “I am also happy to say our agency is clearing more cases than we ever have. Our efforts at cleaning up our community  and making it more safe is having a visible affect on our crime and clearance numbers,” he said.

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