Crime down statewide in first half of 2012, FDLE stats show.
The semi-annual crime statistics report came out today showing the crime is at the lowest levels in 41 years. The report is released twice a year and annually by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (which is to Florida what the FBI is for the US).
According to FDLE, crime has fallen by 3.8 percent compared to the same period last year. In 2011 there were 373,340 crime victims whereas this year there has been 359,051 victims. However, there was a small increase in homicides compared to last year. Last year there were 472 homicides in Florida; this year there has been 479 to date. Violent crime overall is down 5.3 percent compared to last year.
Domestic violence crimes also saw a decrease according to FDLE but there was a big jump in homicides that are domestic violence related. Domestic violence crime was down by more than 5 percent but the homicides were up by almost 30 percent.
Robbery crimes saw the biggest decline at 8 percent. Non-violent crime was down 3.6 percent.
Locally, Miami-Dade saw a decline of 3.9 percent compared to the first six months of 2011.