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WHAT A DIFFERENCE A YEAR MAKES

There’s an anniversary in North Lauderdale but the criminals certainly are not celebrating.

October 1, 2002 will mark one year that the Broward Sheriff's Office has been patrolling the streets of North Lauderdale (BSO District 15). In that year, BSO has taken crooks off the streets, driven down crime, and helped make North Lauderdale a safer place to live and raise a family.

Comparing January through August of last year to the same period this year, part 1 crimes –the most serious and violent crimes- dropped 49.3% in North Lauderdale. In that same time, aggravated assault is down 56.7%, burglary has dropped 52.4%, there has been a 48.7% decline in motor vehicle theft, and robbery in North Lauderdale has dropped 39.5%.

From January through August 2001, the clearance rate of part 1 crimes in North Lauderdale was 19.8%. During the same period this year, BSO’s clearance rate of part
1 crimes in District 15 jumped to 49%. Comparing the first eight months of last year to the first eight months of this year, the clearance rate on aggravated assault went from 35.4% to 61.8%, for burglary, it’s 16.6% versus 42.7%, the motor vehicle theft clearance rate went from 5.1% to 20%, and the robbery clearance rate climbed from 28.9% to 87%.

Broward Sheriff Ken Jenne is understandably pleased, but not surprised, by the numbers. “When North Lauderdale contracted with the Broward Sheriff's Office, I knew the partnership would be a win-win situation”, says Sheriff Jenne. “When citizens, city officials and law enforcement work together, crime goes down and our neighborhoods are safer.”

The Broward Sheriff's Office is the nation’s largest fully accredited sheriff's office and provides law enforcement services in 11 Broward cities and towns and in all of Broward's unincorporated areas. BSO also protects the Broward County Courthouses, the Ft. Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, countywide mass transit, areas of the Everglades and the county's waterways, including Port Everglades.
This release by:
Hugh Graf / Media Relations

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