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BSO BOASTS DROP IN CRIME

Date: 4/23/2014 
PIO Number: 14-4-32
 
The Broward Sheriff’s Office saw significant decreases in crime agency wide in 2013, while experiencing a slight rise in calls for service and population. There were a few more adults arrested, but juvenile arrests were down almost 22 percent. Additionally, we saw a 13 percent drop in violent crimes.
 
“The dedication and extreme professionalism of the men and women of the Broward Sheriff’s Office allowed us to have such a successful year,” Sheriff Scott Israel said. “We will continue to fight crime smarter by targeting the most violent and habitual offenders.”
 
Listed below is an analysis and comparison of BSO’s Uniform Crime Report for 2012 and 2013. Part 1 crimes include murder, aggravated assault, sexual assault, robbery, burglary, motor vehicle theft, aggravated stalking and larceny. Part 2 crimes are less serious offenses, such as simple assault, loitering and prowling, driving under the influence, drug offenses, vandalism, weapons offenses, prostitution and fraud.
 
Part 1 offenses decreased 8.1 percent in 2013 (22,052) compared to 2012 (23,983).
 
Part 1 violent offenses decreased 13 percent in 2013 (2,934) compared to 2012 (3,373).
 
Murder offenses increased slightly by 3.6 percent in 2013 (29) compared to 2012 (28).
 
Offenses of forcible sex decreased slightly by 2.6 percent in 2013 (373) compared to 2012 (383).
 
Robbery offenses decreased 21.2 percent in 2013 (964) compared to 2012 (1,224).
 
Aggravated assault and stalking offenses decreased 9.8 percent in 2013 (1,568) compared to 2012 (1,738).
 
Burglaries decreased 7.7 percent in 2013(5,127) compared to 2012 (5,556).
 
Offenses of larceny decreased 6.3 percent in 2013 (12,806) compared to 2012 (13,669).
 
Offenses of motor vehicle theft decreased 14.4 percent in 2013 (1,185) compared to 2012 (1,385).
 
Part 1 clearances decreased 7.3 percent in 2013 (4,588) compared to 2012 (4,950).
 
Part 1 clearance rate or percent cleared increased in 2013 (20.8 percent) compared to 2012 (20.6 percent).
 
Part 1 violent offenses committed with a firearm decreased 13.4 percent in 2013 (640) compared to 2012 (739).
 
Part 1 property offenses decreased 7.2 percent in 2013 (19,118) compared to 2012 (20,610).
 
Part 2 offenses of battery decreased 8.6 percent in 2013 (4,585) compared 2012 (5,017).
 
Part 2 offenses of arson decreased 16 percent for 2013 (42) compared to the year 2012 (50).
 
Part 1 and 2 incidents associated with domestic violence decreased 12.4 percent in 2013 (1,750) compared to the year 2012 (1,997).
 
Overall, arrests decreased slightly by 1.9 percent for 2013 (26,630) compared to 2012 (27,139).
 
Adult arrests had a slight change for 2013 (24,788) compared to the year 2012 (24,780).
 
Juvenile arrests decreased 21.9 percent for 2013 (1,842) compared to 2012(2,359).
 
Narcotic drug arrests decreased 12.9 percent for 2013 (4,108) compared to 2012 (4,716).
 
Calls for service increased by 1.5 percent for 2013 (501,803) compared to 2012 (494,537).
 
BSO’s population of service area increased slightly by 0.7 percent for 2013 (560,438) compared to 2012 (556,606).
 
Square miles of service area had no change in 2013 (155.3).
 
To view the 2013 Uniform Crime Report for all BSO districts, go to FDLE’s website at http://www.fdle.state.fl.us/Content/FSAC/UCR/UCR-Home.aspx.
 
THIS REPORT BY: Veda Coleman-Wright/Keyla Concepción

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