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Reported Osceola crime down 8.5% first half of 2017

Posted on Wednesday, November 29, 2017 at 11:07 am

By Rachel Christian
Staff Writer
The number of reported crimes in Osceola County was down 8.5 percent during the first half of 2017, but rape and murder calls still saw modest increases countywide.
The local trend reflects statewide numbers, according to the 2017 Semi-Annual Uniform Crime Report released last week. The crime index, or number of crimes reported to law enforcement, dropped in Osceola County from January to June 2017 compared to the same time last year. Yet four additional arrests were made in the county, the report showed.
Less crime is being reported, in other words, but the number of arrests made has stayed about
the same.
Crimes in Osceola County that saw a modest drop in arrest included burglary (down 9.3 percent), larceny (down 6.2 percent) and kidnapping, with one fewer arrest made than the same time in 2016.
Aggravated assault, robbery, forgery and DUI arrests all experienced significant decreases of 20 percent or more across Osceola County.
Instances of murder and rape increased by six arrests each during the first six months of 2017, according to the report released annually and semi-annually by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.
Motor vehicle theft doubled from 20 arrests to 40, and prostitution arrests jumped from four cases
to 14.
Other crimes on the rise included vandalism (up 41.7 percent), embezzlement (up 60 percent), drug arrests (up 26.6 percent), and fraud, which rose 33.3 percent.
The St. Cloud Police Department saw a significant 20.5 percent decrease in its crime index last year.
“The St. Cloud Police Department completes an analytical review of our crimes, offenders, and locations on a daily basis,” said St. Cloud Police Sgt. Anthony Miller. “Utilizing our crime analyst and intelligence unit we focus and monitor our prolific offenders, and have made the determination that 20 percent of the offenders commit 80 percent of our crime. This information is studied weekly and strategized by the administration at weekly staff meetings. We continue to focus on intelligence lead policing, coupled with a strong community outreach program promoting local campaigns such as; “Lock it up” and “See Something Say Something.”
Governor Rick Scott released a statement the same day as the Uniform Crime Report.
“Each and every day, the brave men and women of Florida’s law enforcement community selflessly work to keep our neighborhoods safe and as Florida’s crime rate continues to drop, we’re reminded of their important and life-saving work,” said Scott.
The 2017 Semi-Annual UCR can be found with county-by-county breakdowns on the FDLE’s website at www.fdle.state.fl.us/Content/FSAC/Menu/UCR-Home.aspx.