Sarasota County Crime down in 2012

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SARASOTA COUNTY - Sheriff Tom Knight is pleased to report that crime dropped more than 16 percent in 2012 compared to 2011.

Major crimes, known as Part 1 Offenses in the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting Index, decreased nearly 18 percent.

The number of violent crimes such as murder, robbery and aggravated assault, which account for part of the Total Index Offenses, is down nearly 16 percent. Burglary is down more than 26 percent and fraud dropped nearly 28 percent.

Calls for service are down nearly five percent, total arrests are down almost four percent and the number of traffic citations issued remained the same.

“Proactive policing efforts driven by our agency-wide ‘Intelligence 2 Action’ program is having a major impact on crime,” said Sheriff Knight. “Consistent information sharing helps us develop quality intelligence, which allows us to target the biggest problems in our community and focus our energy on those who repeatedly commit these crimes.”

Since Sheriff Knight took office in January 2009, overall crime is down 21 percent, Part 1 crime is down 26 percent and DUI arrests are up 32 percent.

To see the full report visit and under Public Interest click on Crime & Accident Statistics, Uniform Crime Reporting Statistics, December 2012.