Crime dropped by 3.1 percent in Collier County in 2015, according to preliminary numbers the Collier County Sheriff’s Office has submitted to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.
The 5,137 Part 1 crimes reported in unincorporated Collier County and Everglades City in 2015 represent a reduction of 163 from the 5,300 crimes that were reported in 2014.
“Thanks to the hard work of the men and women of the Collier County Sheriff’s Office and the partnership of our community, we continue to be one of the safest counties in the state of Florida,” said Sheriff Kevin Rambosk.
The statistics represent the categories of homicide, sexual assault, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, larceny, and motor vehicle theft.
Larcenies dropped 9.5 percent from 3,366 in 2014 to 3,045 in 2015; motor vehicle thefts decreased 1.2 percent from 259 to 256; and homicides dropped by half, decreasing from four to two.
Categories showing an increase include sexual assault, which rose from 117 to 139; robbery, which saw an uptick from 155 to 163; aggravated assault, which increased from 601 to 685; and burglaries rose from 798 to 847.
Here are some of the ways citizens can help deputies drive down crime:
* Lock your car and keep valuables out of view
* Call 239.252.0700 to schedule a home or business security survey by a CCSO Crime Prevention specialist
* Report unusual activity to law enforcement
* Start or join a Neighborhood Watch program
* Mentor a child
* Be alert and aware of your surroundings
* Join one of CCSO’s Community Safety Teams to help address code enforcement and other problems at the neighborhood level
* Protect personal information like your Social Security number, computer passwords and banking information
* When online, don’t chat with strangers or respond to their e-mails