The number of crimes reported in Manatee County dropped slightly in the first six months of 2011, compared to same period last year, according to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.
Statistics show that there were in Manatee 7,579 "index crimes" from Jan. 1 to June 30, a 0.7 percent drop from the 7,636 crimes reported in the first half of 2010.
"Index crimes" measured are murders, rapes, robberies, aggravated assaults, burglaries, larcenies and motor vehicle thefts.
In Manatee, crimes were down in all the categories, except for aggravated assaults and larcenies.
Statewide, the number of crimes dropped by 2 percent, more than twice the rate decline seen in Manatee.
In Manatee in the first half of 2011, there were:
-- 2 murders (compared to 4 in the first half of 2010, a 50 percent drop.)
-- 51 rapes (65; a 21.5 percent drop )
-- 224 robberies (262, a 14.5 percent drop)
-- 777 aggravated assaults (755, a 2.2. percent increase)
-- 1,632 burglaries (1,770, a 7.8 percent decrease)
-- 4,673 larcenies (4,540, a 2.9 percent increase)
-- 220 motor vehicle thefts (240, an 8.3 percent decrease)
In Sarasota, the number of crimes increased by 6.6 percent, driven by increases in all crime categories except burglaries and motor vehicle thefts. There were a total of 7,609 crimes reported in Sarasota in the first half of 2011, compared to 7,138 in the first half of 2010.