The Florida Department of Law Enforcement released its 2008 crime statistics on Friday. The report showed that overall the Florida crime rate decreased approximately 2.8 % from 2007 to 2008. Violent crime dropped statewide, while larcenies and burglaries rose.
In Broward County, overall crime increased by less than 4%, although the population of the county dropped at the same time. In particular, Broward saw increases in the number of rapes, larcenies, and burglaries.
In Palm Beach County, the crime rate dropped in every category but murder. According to the report, the number of murders remained at 96. Overall, Palm Beach Country’s crime rate dropped by nearly 4%.
Crime up in Broward, down in Palm Beach County, FDLE says, South Florida Sun Sentinel, April 16, 2009
Contact a South Florida criminal lawyer if you have been arrested and charged with a crime.