Florida crime rate drops for record 49th year Photo: LWP Communications / Flickr / CC BY 2.0 PENSACOLA, Fla. (WEAR) — The crime rate in Florida dropped 6.3 percent in 2019, marking the 49th consecutive year the state has seen a fall in its crime rate, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement reports. The report from the FDLE compares the crime rates from 2018 to 2019. The total violent crime dropped down by 2.7 percent and property crime rate dropped 6.9 percent. The report also shows a 4.6 percent decrease of total index crimes, with 26,128 fewer reported offenses compared to 2018. FDLE reports Escambia County saw a 4.1 percent decrease in their crime rate change while Santa Rosa County saw a 10.3 decrease. Okaloosa County was reported to have a 12.1 decrease, not including the reports from the Shalimar Police Department. Walton County crime rate dropped 11.4 percent in between the two years. FDLE says they’ve been tracking crime rates statistics since 1971.
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