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BSO CRIME DECLINES CONTINUES IN 2001

A review of crime statistics for 2001 indicates that fewer crimes are being committed and more cases are being cleared in the areas patrolled by the Broward Sheriff’s Office.

To get an accurate and realistic view of crime around the state, all Florida police agencies are required to keep track of specific offenses occurring in their patrol areas. In addition, the rates at which crimes are solved, called clearance rates, are also computed for analysis and comparison.

In the category of Part 1 crimes – the most serious and violent offenses – there was an overall reduction of 10.7% between 2000 and 2001. From 1997 to 2001, the years Sheriff Ken Jenne has served, the numbers are even more impressive. Crime in BSO patrol areas is down 43.7%. In 2001, thefts and break-ins dropped substantially with Burglary down 10.3% and Larceny down 14.9%. Auto theft continues to decline, showing an 8.5% reduction for the year and more than a 50% plunge in stolen cars since ’97. Aggravated Stalking and Aggravated Assault also show reductions. The Part 1 crimes showing increases are robbery, up 10.2%, and Forcible Sex, up 12.8%. In 2001, BSO Homicide detectives were called upon to investigate 30 murders, compared to 23 in 2000.

Reductions were also noted in nearly every category of Part 2 crimes, including Manslaughter, Kidnapping, Arson, Battery, Stalking and Fraud. The number of narcotic offenses rose 5.3%, however that could be a positive sign, signifying a greater public willingness to report drug crimes. An overall drop of 1.9% was registered for the year in Part 2 crimes, and the decrease for all crimes (Part 1 and 2) stands at 6.6%. Since 1997, the combined crime totals are down 26.7%.

BSO detectives are also doing an excellent job of solving crimes, according to the official statistics. The clearance rate for Part 1 crimes rose 14.1% from 2000 to 2001 and the Homicide Unit posted an outstanding 90% clearance rate.

The cited statistics do not include the cities of Lauderdale-By-The-Sea or North Lauderdale, which merged their police forces with BSO during 2001.

This report by:

Jim Leljedal / Media Relations

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