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Lowest Crime Stats in Nine Years

PIO Number: 13-8-21                                                              Date: August 15, 2013
According to the Broward Sheriff’s Office Preliminary Semi-Annual Uniform Crime Report (UCR), BSO experienced a significant decrease in crimes agency-wide when comparing the first six months of 2013 to the first six months of 2012. The UCR data shows total Part 1 Offenses - specifically murder, robbery, forcible sex, aggravated assault/stalking, burglary, larceny and motor vehicle theft - have decreased by 9.1 percent. Violent crime has decreased by 12.3 percent and Part 1 property offenses have dropped 8.6 percent.
These statistics reverse the trend BSO has seen in the past nine years. With 1,099 fewer Part 1 crimes in the first six months of 2013 versus 2012, BSO is on track to have the lowest number of offenses since 2004. This is interesting to note as the population of the areas in which BSO serves has continued to steadily increase since 2009.
“As the largest public safety agency in Broward County, reducing crime and improving public safety is our number one priority. We believe part of the reason for the decrease in overall crime is our increased community interaction,” Sheriff Scott Israel said.
Since January 2013, BSO has successfully removed 329 unwanted guns from the streets through our gun buyback program as well as strengthened our homeless outreach and trained dozens of deputies in crisis intervention.
In February 2013, the Broward Sheriff’s Office also established a Violent Intervention Proactive Enforcement Response (V.I.P.E.R.) unit which focuses on tracking down violent criminals. Statistics show that 6 percent of our population commits 65 percent of crimes and our efforts to target this 6 percent have proven fruitful. As of July 2013, the V.I.P.E.R. unit has made 301 arrests and seized 35 firearms.
As we move forward, Sheriff Israel and the men and women of the Broward Sheriff’s Office will continue efforts to improve public safety and the quality of life for the citizens of Broward County. “Good police work is a combination of added visibility, patrol and proactive partnerships with the community,” Sheriff Israel said.

Posted At: 08/15/2013 09:49 AM

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