The Escambia County Sheriff’s Office recently released the 2011 crime statistics for the area. The stats reveal an overall reduction in violent crimes from the previous year.
The sheriff’s office reports a nearly 50 percent decrease in homicides—there were 14 last year, compared with 26 in 2010. There also appears to have been a 13.1 percent decrease in forcible sex offenses, and an 8.4 percent decrease in aggravated assaults.
While the sheriff’s office reported a 16 percent reduction in robberies that involved a firearm, and 13.6 percent decrease in those where a knife was used, there was an increase—by 2—of the total number of overall robberies.
The office also reported a slight increase in property crimes. There were, however, 65 fewer burglary calls.
Overall, 2011 resulted in 284,308 calls for service and 37,717 reports written. Deputies arrested a total of 12,455 adults and 1,232 juveniles.
These stats are from the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office Uniform Crime Report. Agencies are required to report crimes that fall within nine categories: murder, sex offenses, robbery, aggravated assault and stalking, burglary, larceny or theft, motor vehicle theft, simple assaults and arson.