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2001 CRIME DECLINES, OVERALL, IN BROWARD

PIO Number: 02-6-24

2001 CRIME DECLINES, OVERALL, IN BROWARD

Newly released FBI statistics denote a spike in the nation’s crime rate but a review of local crime figures for 2001 indicates that fewer crimes are being committed, overall, and more cases are being cleared in the areas patrolled by the Broward Sheriff’s Office.

In terms of the most serious crimes (designated “Part 1” in the Uniform Crime Report), BSO registered a 10.4% decrease in 2001 compared to 2000. National data indicates that Part 1 crimes rose, on average, 2% across the country. Robbery, rape and murder were up in the nationwide comparison and also in areas patrolled by BSO, with robbery up 5.9% and Forcible Sex up 13.9%. In 2001, Homicide detectives were called upon to investigate 27 murders in BSO’s jurisdiction, compared to 16 in 2000.

Among the property crimes reported throughout the United States, motor vehicle theft increased by 5.9% and burglary rose 2.6% according to the FBI’s national numbers but locally thefts and break-ins dropped substantially. BSO stats show Burglary was down 10.6% and Larceny was down 14.5%. Auto theft continued to decline, showing an 11.8% reduction for the year and more than a 50% plunge in stolen cars since ’97. Aggravated Stalking and Aggravated Assault also show reductions.

The Broward Sheriff's Office also recorded reductions in nearly every category of Part 2 crimes, including Manslaughter, Kidnapping, Arson, Battery, Stalking and Fraud. An overall drop of 3.0% was registered for the year in Part 2 crimes, and the decrease for all crimes (Part 1 and 2) stands at 6.8%. Since 1997, the combined crime totals are down 26.7%.

BSO detectives are also doing an excellent job of solving crimes, according to the official statistics, which indicate the clearance rate for Part 1 crimes rose 14.1% from 2000 to 2001.

The cited statistics do not include the cities of Lauderdale-By-The-Sea or North Lauderdale, which merged their police forces with BSO during 2001.

This report by:

Jim Leljedal / Media Relations

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