According to NeighborhoodScout.com Florida has more rapes, robberies, assaults, thefts, motor vehicle thefts and burglaries per 1,000 citizens than the national average.
Florida Law Enforcement Agency Uniform Crime Reports show that in 2011 there were 769,399 violent crimes, 98,199 property crimes, 671,200 property crimes, 984 murders, 5,274 forcible rapes, 25,622 robberies, 66,319 aggravated assaults, 170,171 burglaries, 461,408 larceny-thefts and 39,621 vehicle thefts.
In Florida there is a 1 in 194 chance of becoming a victim of a violent crime and a 1 in 28 chance of becoming a victim.
Belief.net reports, “According to Neighborhood Scout the city of Sanford has a crime index of 3 – which means the city is safer than 3% of the cities in the US. A score of 100 is safest. A score of 3 wouldn’t make you feel so secure would it? The specific area where this happened was the gated community of Retreat at Twin Lakes but from another article taken off the web I found this …police had been called to the 260-unit complex 402 times from Jan. 1, 2011 to Feb. 26, 2012. Looking at these stats puts things into a little bit of a different perspective.”
In Sanford, Florida there is a 1 in 164 chance of becoming a victim of crime of violent crime and a 1 in 17 chance of becoming a victim.
While the Florida Department of Law Enforcement reports an overall drop in the crime rate of 6.5%, citizens remain concerned as they increasingly become the targets of violent and nonviolent crime.
One issue in Florida is black crime.
In 2012, Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi issued an annual report titled, “Florida Council on the Social Status of Black Men and Boys“. The annual report done by the Florida Council on the Social Status of Black Men and Boys found:
“Homicide remains the leading cause of death across the state of Florida for black males between ages 15-34. The black male population is the only subgroup for which homicide is the leading causes of death. Unintentional injury, the second leading cause of death for this age group, accounts for fewer than half the homicide deaths among black males. Suicide is the third leading cause of death for black males between ages 15-24, and HIV/AIDS is the third leading cause for those between ages 25-34. Among those aged 35-44, HIV/AIDS is the leading cause of death compared to white and Hispanic males.” [Emphasis added]
The Blaze reports, “A 2007 special report released by the Bureau of Justice Statistics, reveals that approximately 8,000 — and, in certain years, as many as 9,000 African Americans are murdered annually in the United States. This chilling figure is accompanied by another equally sobering fact, that 93% of these murders are in fact perpetrated by other blacks. The analysis, supported by FBI records, finds that in 2005 alone, for example, African Americans accounted for 49% of all homicide victims in the US — again, almost exclusively at the hands of other African Americans.”
Crime in Florida is now top of mind given the high profile coverage of the George Zimmerman case. One thing under reported is black crime in Florida.