Our South Florida criminal defense attorneys have been reading about crime statistics released by the FBI earlier this week. According to the stats, crime decreased nationwide in 2008. However, while violent crime in South Florida has declined, Florida Department of Law Enforcement statistics from earlier this year show that property crimes such as auto theft, larceny, and burglary are actually increasing in some parts of Florida.
In Broward County, property crimes increased by 4.32 percent, Lauderdale-by-the-Sea, Dania Beach, Deerfield Beach, and Tamarac saw double-digit increases in property crimes. Most agencies in Palm Beach County saw decreases in violent and property crimes, but violent crime in Boynton Beach increased by 2.7 percent.
Law enforcement officials in Broward and Palm Beach cited the economic downturn as a motivating factor for property crimes, because some people are becoming increasingly desperate.
Broward, Palm Beach County violent crime drops in 2008, South Florida Sun Sentinel, September 14, 2009
Contact a Broward County criminal defense attorney with questions on your legal rights.