Escambia County: Violent crimes down, clearance rate improved

August 15, 2013

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The semi-annual Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) statistics for the first half of this year indicate that the number of violent crimes have decreased in Escambia County by 14.7 percent when compared to the first half of 2012. The overall crime rate is down 8.7 percent.

“Our heartfelt thanks go out to the men and women of the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office and the citizens for their partnership,” said Sheriff David Morgan. “You are making a difference.”

The report produced by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement also shows that Offense Clearance Rate has improved 23.2 percent over the same period, moving from 22.4 percent to 27.6 percent.

See Index_Crimes_Comparison_12-13_6_Mos

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  • Bean Counters August 16, 2013 at 5:26 am

    Crimes reported are only those turned in by the sheriff’s office. Now mix in Morgan’s statements on the radio saying how his calls for service are way up… So this doesn’t compute and sounds like the fox is the one watching the hen house.

  • CJ Lewis August 15, 2013 at 12:28 pm

    Might be instructive to compare Escambia County crime rates to those in Santa Rosa County and Baldwin County. We all know people who work in Escambia County but prefer to keep their families outside of Escambia County where it is far safer. As anyone who has ever driven through Pace knows, you can hardly drive through a neighborhood without seeing one or more Pensacola Police Department cruisers keeping safe the streets of Pace at City of Pensacola taxpayer expense. People vote with their feet too. It would be interesting to someday find out where the people who work at Navy Federal Credit Union live. With ready access to I-10, they can readily live wherever they want from Spanish Fort to Crestview.

  • Dale Parker August 15, 2013 at 11:41 am

    How about this by-line

    Murder nearly doubles, robberies are up while citations and arrests have fallen.