Crime rate in Manatee drops by 3.6 percent in 2013

Posted by MARC R. MASFERRER on April 23, 2014 

The crime rate in Manatee County dropped by 3.6 percent last year, state officials announced Wednesday.

In all, there were last year in Manatee County 12,576 instances of the "index crimes" monitored by the FBI: murders, forcible rapes, robberies, aggravated assaults, burglaries, larcenies and motor vehicle. That's down from 12,909 in 2012, according to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

When the population is taken into account, there were 3,716.7 crimes per 100,000 population, or 3.6 percent less than in 2012.

The numbers of murders, robberies, aggravated assaults, burglaries and larcenies were down; forcible rapes and motor vehicle thefts were up.

Statewide, the crime rate dropped 4.7 percent last year. In Sarasota County, it dropped 9.1 percent.

In Manatee, the crime drop was experienced by residents in most areas of the county -- from 0.7 percent down in the city of Bradenton to 36.1 percent down in Longboat Key. The exception was in the city of Palmetto, where the crime rate increased by 16.8 percent.

In unincorporated Manatee and in the city of Anna Maria, where the Manatee County Sheriff's Office has jurisdiction, the crime rate dropped by 4.5 percent

The drop in the crime rate continues a recent trend in Manatee County. From 2012 to 2013, the crime rate dropped by 15.9 percent according to statistics.

Manatee County crime

Total crimes 2012 - 12,909 2013 - 12,576

Crime rate 2012 - 3,855.9 per 100,000 population 2013 - 3,716.7 per 100,000 population

Murders 2012 - 26 2013 - 13

Forcible rapes 2012 - 166 2013 - 209

Robberies 2012 - 389 2013 - 385

Aggravated assaults 2012 - 1,425 2013 - 1,347

Burglaries 2012 - 2,731 2013 - 2,642

Larcenies 2012 - 7,768 2013 - 7,558

Motor vehicle theft 2012 - 404 2013 - 422

Source: Florida Department of Law Enforcement

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