The Lee County Sheriff’s Office announces that crime continues on a downward trend with its release of this year’s Annual Crime Report. For the second year in a row the crime rate is significantly below 2,500 mark (actual 2,344.88), the lowest in decades. Overall crime in the county dropped more than 6% compared to 2012.
Sheriff Mike Scott says “The final numbers for 2013 are encouraging and represent the tireless efforts of each member of our agency and his or her dedication to excellence. While even one (1) crime is too many, Lee County remains a safe place and we will do everything we can to keep it that way. I look forward to continuing these efforts in 2014."
Some of the biggest drops for 2013 were property crimes, as reflected in the Sheriff’s Office Uniform Crime Report (UCR)* data. Specifically, the category of motor vehicle theft saw an 18.5% decrease from last year (from 601 to 490). Residential burglaries experienced a significant reduction with 204 fewer crimes, a 12.6% decrease. In the violent crimes category, forced sex crimes are down 14 % (from 177 to 152). Murders in Lee County have dropped 29% (from 17 to 12).
Overall arrests came to one short of 15,000, nearly a 3% increase. Those arrested by deputies are booked into the Lee County Jail, also operated by the Lee County Sheriff’s Office. Corrections staff booked 28,612 arrestees in 2013.
Additional statistical crime and arrest information is available, including breakouts by patrol districts, on the Sheriff’s Office website under the About Us tab; click on Public Reports, then the 2013 Annual Crime Report.
Media inquiries are directed to Public Information Office at (239) 477-1340.
* The UCR Crime Index is the number of Part I crimes per 100,000 population - the nationally accepted standard of measurement.