By Fran Hunt
Special from ECB Publishing, Inc.
According to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, the crime rate has gone down in Madison County and gone down slightly in the state.
In Madison County, in 2010 the total crime index (crimes committed) was 348 in the first six months of the year and in 2011 the total crime index was 291 for the first six months of the year, which shows a 16.4 percent decrease in crime.
There were two murders in 2010 or 2011; there were three forcible rapes in 2010 and two forcible rapes in 2011; there were nine robberies in 2010 and four robberies in 2011; there was 66 aggravated assaults in 2010 compared to 58 aggravated assaults in 2011; there were 100 burglaries in 2010 and 82 burglaries in 2011; there were 159 larceny cases in 2010 and 137 larceny cases in 2011; and there were 11 car thefts in 2010 and eight vehicle thefts in 2011.
In 2010 Madison County has a percentage cleared rate (cleared is the percentage of cases where there were arrests and convictions) of 41.1 percent, however, in 2011 the percentage cleared rate had decreased slightly to 38.1 percent.
Following the same trend as the past several years in Jefferson County, the crime rate has gone down again and the cleared rate has once again gone up for the first six months of 2011.
In 2010 the cleared rate was number two in the state with 54.9 percent and in 2011, Jefferson County again remains at number two with a cleared rate of 62.1 percent.As a whole, Florida has seen a slight decrease in crime and also in the percentage cleared rate. In 2010 the total crime index in the state was 381,050 and in 2011 the total crime index was 373, 347, which illustrates a two percent decrease in crime. There were 487 murders in 2010 and in 2011 there were 472; there were 2,696 forcible rapes in 2010 compared to 2,682 forcible rapes in 2011; there were 12,784 robberies in 2010 and in 2011 there were 12,228 robberies; in 2010 there were 35,146 aggravated assaults and in 2011 there were 34,107 aggravated assaults; in 2010 there were 81,488 burglaries and in 2011 there were 80,170 burglaries; in 2010 there were 227,618 larceny cases and in 2011 there were 224,779 larceny cases; and in 2010 there were 20, 871 motor vehicle thefts and in 2011 there were 18,902 motor vehicle thefts. In 2010 the percentage cleared rate was 24.6 percent and in 2011 in was down slightly to a percentage cleared rate of 24.5 percent.