Report: Crime in Manatee drops by 15.5 percent in first half of 2012

The number of crimes reported in Manatee County in the first six months of 2012 dropped by 15.5 percent, compared to the first half of 2011, according to state statistics released Thursday.

The decrease was fueled largely by drops in the numbers of property crimes -- burglaries, larcenies and motor vehicle thefts. Also dropping were the number of robberies and aggravated assaults.

But there were increases in the number of homicides -- from two to 14; and rapes -- from 51 to 72, according to the report, released by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

The report also includes statistics for each of the law enforcement jurisdictions within Manatee.

In unincorporated Manatee County and the city of Anna Maria, which are covered by the sheriff's office, the number of crimes dropped by 17.9 percent; in the city of Bradenton, the number dropped by 7.7 percent; in Palmetto, the number dropped by 24.4 percent; and Holmes Beach, the number dropped by 3.6 percent.

Reporting increases were Bradenton Beach, 155.6 percent; and Longboat Key, 100 percent, according to the report.

In Sarasota County, the number of crimes reported in the first half of this year dropped by 17.7 percent, January-June 2011.

Statewide, the drop was 3.8 percent.

Manatee County crimes, Jan. - June 2012 (compared to Jan. - June 2011)

Murder - 14 (2)

Rape - 72 (51)

Robbery - 197 (224)

Aggravated assault - 701 (777)

Burglary - 1,321 (1,632)

Larceny - 3,915 (4,673)

Motor vehicle theft - 186 (220)

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