Florida's crime rate fell 6.5% in 2012

FDLE: Murders, sex offenses up slightly

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MIAMI - Florida's overall crime rate is dropping.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement released its annual crime report on Thursday, showing that crime was down 6.5 percent in 2012 compared to the year before.

The largest reason for the drop was a significant drop in robberies, burglaries and thefts.

The report, though, did show that murders and sex offenses were up slightly from 2011. There were 1,009 murders last year, 24 more than the year before.

In Miami-Dade County, total crime fell 5.2 percent. Violent crimes fell 6.3 percent and non-violent crimes fell 5.1 percent.

In Broward County, total crime fell 3.8 percent. Violent crimes fell 0.3 percent and non-violent crimes fell 4.3 percent.

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"The decrease in crime in our state is a direct reflection of the outstanding job our law enforcement officers and prosecutors do to make Florida a safe home to its residents and guests," said Attorney General Pam Bondi. "With this steady decline in our crime rate for the forty-second consecutive year, I am hopeful that we will see across-the-board declines, specifically in the number of reported domestic violence homicides and sex-related crimes."

"While Florida's population continues to increase, the number of crimes continues to fall," said FDLE Commissioner Gerald Bailey. "This report is good news for Florida families, businesses and visitors. I commend our law enforcement professionals in their efforts to keep us safe."

"These numbers demonstrate the quality of law enforcement officers we have in our state," said Florida Police Chiefs Association President, Chief Dennis Jones of Tallahassee Police Department. "As law enforcement agencies and its officers are required to do more with less, I am proud of the dedication they have demonstrated in keeping our citizens and communities safe."

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