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2011 County Crime Stats

February 3, 2012

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.

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  • reporting February 5, 2012 at 8:35 am

    Jeeperman… I did not mean to include you in the reponce to bean counters…

    Very sorry.

  • reporting February 5, 2012 at 8:31 am

    Bean Counters & Jeeperman

    Congratulations, you might have found a few issues in the FBI’s crime reporting system. Please give them a call and let them know… But please stop trying to make it look like the Sheriff is trying to hide something because he is not.

    The problem you have is that you do not quite understand statistics so please give me a second to explain…

    I work with multiple Law Enforcement Agencies across the US and currently I am specifically working with some on crime reporting. The State of Florida has chosen to use UCR. Bean counter, yes, there is also NIBRS which some states have chosen to use with is Incident Based so it is a little more in the weeds but it still does not account for everything and has its own issues. But the key is that the local law enforcement agencies do not get to pick the standard the state does. So send all complaints to Tallahassee not the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office.

    Uniform Crime Reporting goal is not to get in the weeds; it is to provide a STANDARD for crime reporting and provides a high level look at what the FBI considers the most important crime to look at when evaluating crime trends ect. Key word “standard,” everyone in Florida reports this way, so the sheriff is not hiding anything. He is simply giving you the numbers that were reported to the state last year using the standard he was provided and told to use. These numbers are rolled up to the FBI to help them gain a high level picture of crime statistics.

    Let me put this in terms you may be able to understand… In football you have rules, or a standard, these rules are the same for everyone who play the game. Can you find holes? Yes. But even though there is a hole or an issue with one of the rules everyone is playing by them so the rule book is fare and valid.

    Yes, you can find holes in the UCR reporting system, absolutely, but because it is the “standard” that has been used for many years and across the US it is valid for statistical purposes of measuring crime at a high level. You can compare it to other places that use this standard and you can use it to compare Escambia’s UCR stats for the past year and get a high level picture of where we stand. That is all the report is. So, to bean counters and jeeperman…

  • jeeperman February 4, 2012 at 10:13 am

    No matter what stats might show that the crime rate is lower than the previous year BASED ON THE SAME REPORTING PERAMIYERS, there is always some whiner.

  • Escambia County Sheriff's Office February 3, 2012 at 5:21 pm

    The Uniform Crime Report is a national standard for reporting crime as mandated by the FBI and the State of Florida. UCR sets forth a process for classifying crimes based on a UCR Offense Reporting Hierarchy, which consists of 9 different crime classifications. You are correct that UCR requires that agencies report the highest-ranking crime on the hierarchy and does not count lesser included crimes that occur within the same incident. However, your example, “If there is a burglary, criminal mischief, and theft of $50,000 from a senior citizen, only the theft is reported” is incorrect. The burglary would be the reported crime as burglary ranks higher on the hierarchy than larceny or theft.

    While based on your comment it may seem that agencies are reporting fewer crimes than what actually occurred under the UCR reporting format, you have failed to mention that crimes against persons are reported based on the number of victims not the numbers of incidents. For example, if you have a single incident where a home invasion occurred that resulted in the aggravated assault of four individuals in the home, that crime would be reported as a four aggravated assaults to UCR.
    When reporting property crimes (robbery, burglary, larceny, and arson), UCR doesn’t differentiate between attempted and committed. For example, if someone attempts to burglarize a home by kicking the front door open and an alarm scares them away before they actually take anything, then that is an attempted burglary. When counting UCR offenses, that attempted burglary would be reported as a burglary because UCR doesn’t differentiate between attempted and committed.

    Additionally, if someone attempts to steal a vehicle, but is unsuccessful, that crime is still reported to UCR as a Motor Vehicle Theft.

    -Escambia County Sheriff’s Office

  • Bean Counters February 3, 2012 at 1:59 pm

    The Uniform Crime Report (UCR) only codes for the highest crime known to police. So if there was a incident that a rape, home invasion robbery, grand theft of property, and a murder all occurred at the same time, only the murder would be reported in the UCR. If there is a burglary, criminal mischief, and theft of $50,000 from a senior citizen, only the theft is reported. Of course this gives the public a good feeling about how few crimes there are. So maybe the question should be how many multiple crimes were reported that stemmed from a single incident and then we’d probably get a truer picture of the actual crimes being committed instead of only the single highest crime reported.