Sheriff Tom Knight is pleased to report that crime in unincorporated Sarasota County was down again in 2013 compared to the prior year.
Violent crime dropped nearly 16 percent, major crimes known as Part 1 Offenses in the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting Index decreased more than 11 percent, and total offenses are down more than eight percent from last year.
In 2013, calls for service dropped slightly to 87,838 and total arrests are down two percent to 9,822.
“It is gratifying to see double digit decreases in nearly all crime categories,” said Sheriff Knight. “We credit strong community partnerships, a flexibility in staffing that allows an immediate deployment of manpower to address emerging crime issues, and maintaining a workforce of multi-faceted personnel who are responsive to the dynamic demands of a law enforcement career.”
Since Sheriff Knight took office in 2009, violent crime is down 35 percent, Part 1 Offenses are down 34 percent and total crime is down 28 percent.
To see the full report visit www.SarasotaSheriff.org and under the Public Interest tab at the top of the page click on Crime & Accident Statistics, Uniform Crime Reporting Statistics, December 2013.