Putnam's Florida Uniform Crime Statistics Reported
Earlier this week the Florida Department of Law Enforcement released the Uniform Crime Report (UCR) for 2013. This report is designed to provide a barometer of the crime conditions within a geographic jurisdiction. The crimes that are included in the UCR are murder, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, larceny, and vehicle theft.
Putnam County’s Index Crime Rate in 2013 was -16.5% lower than in 2012. The violent crime rate in Putnam County decreased by -13.5%.
Since 2008, Putnam County’s Violent Index Crimes have steadily declined from 783 reported crimes in 2008 to 447 violent crimes in 2013. This is a -42.9% reduction in violent crimes in the last five (5) years.
In 2013, the Index Crime Rate in the unincorporated areas of Putnam County which are serviced by the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office decreased by -20.6%. The violent crime rate in these unincorporated areas fell -14.2%. In 2013, the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office received 2,018 reported crimes that fell into the categories reported in the UCR. In 2012, the agency received 2,565 of these crimes which is a -21.3% reduction in 2013.
Sheriff Hardy contributes this decline in the crime rate to diligent work of the Sheriff’s Office members, and stated that the Sheriff’s Office will continue to strive to reduce these crimes even further.