Crime continues to fall across Florida according to the 2015 Semi-Annual Uniform Crime Report. The report shows Florida’s crime volume dropped 2.2 percent or 7,475 compared to the first six months of 2014. “Florida’s historic crime low is great news for Florida families and visitors, and we are grateful to our law enforcement officials for their brave work keeping our communities safe,” said Governor Rick Scott. The Semi-Annual UCR calculates crime volume, the number of index crimes known to law enforcement. The index crimes of murder, robbery, burglary and larceny all fell during the reporting period while forcible sex offenses, aggravated assault and motor vehicle thefts increased. Domestic violence rose 1.7 percent. Cohabitants continue to be the largest group of victims of domestic violence related offenses. In Florida, there were at total of 324,784 offenses.
There were 489 murders, 5,408 forcible sex offenses, 10,225 robberies, 30,177 aggravated assaults, 53,699 burglaries, 205,431 larcenies and 17,896 motor vehicle thefts. Law enforcement officers made 393,814 arrests from January through June 2015. 360,689 were adults and 33,125 were juveniles. Of the 393,814, there were 291,773 were male and 102,041 were female. In Madison County, there were a total of 298 offenses. There was one murder, three forcible rape offenses, four robberies, 70 aggravated assaults, 80 burglaries, 138 larcenies and two motor vehicle thefts. Statewide, two law enforcement officers have been killed in 2015, one was shot while delivering a subpoena and the other was shot accidentally during training. The 2015 Semi Annual Uniform Crime Report, including county-by-county breakdowns, can be found on FDLE’s website at www.fdle.state.fl.us/Content/FSAC/Menu/UCR-Home.aspx.