Monday, August 22, 2016

Crime Down 4.2% In First Half Of 2016

Crime dropped more than 4 percent in Collier County during the first half of 2016 compared to the same period last year, Sheriff Kevin Rambosk announced Monday.

Sheriff Rambosk credited the hard work of deputies and the Collier County Sheriff’s Office’s continued community partnerships with the dip in crime. CCSO will continue to focus on bolstering existing community partnerships and reaching out to develop new ones to help keep Collier safe, he said.

“We have the lowest crime rate since 1971,” Sheriff Rambosk said, “and that is the result of the good men and women of the Collier County Sheriff’s Office working together with the community.”

Overall crime in unincorporated parts of Collier County and Everglades City over the first six months dropped 4.2 percent to 2,419 crimes from 2,524 crimes in the first six months of 2015, according to preliminary numbers submitted by CCSO to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

The statistics represent the categories of homicide, sexual assault, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, larceny, and motor vehicle theft.

Statistically, burglaries dropped by the greatest percentage, showing a 20.2 percent reduction from 426 in the first six months of 2015 to 340 during the same period this year. Sheriff Rambosk credited much of the reduction to the agency’s proactive approach to combating burglars who come to Collier County from out of the area to commit crime. Arrests, along with high-visibility patrols in targeted areas, helped create the reduction. 

Sexual assaults were down 12.5 percent, from 56 to 49; motor vehicle thefts dropped 10.1 percent, from 119 to 107; robberies dipped 5.6 percent, from 89 to 84; and larcenies reduced by 1 percent, from 1,522 to 1,508.

Two categories saw an increase. Homicides rose from one during the first half of 2015 to two during the same period this year. Aggravated assaults went up 5.8 percent, from 311 to 329.

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 

Click here to view the Part 1 crime stats and crime rate.