Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri released the 2013 PCSO crime stats today which show a 5.8% decrease in total Part 1 Crimes and a 5% decrease in the overall crime rate in the Sheriff’s service area for 2013.
This marks the fifth consecutive year of a decrease in Part 1 Crimes for the area patrolled by the Pinellas Sheriff’s Office, with an overall five year decrease of 23.8%.
Part 1 Crimes are the most serious crimes and designated in the FBI’s Uniform Crime Report (UCR) as Homicide, Forcible Sex Offenses, Robbery, Aggravated Assault, Burglary, Larceny and Motor Vehicle Theft.
The Pinellas Sheriff’s primary service area consists of the unincorporated area of Pinellas County and 13 cities under contract with the Sheriff for law enforcement services. The Sheriff’s primary service area accounts for 50.4% of the total land area in Pinellas County. The agency provides primary law enforcement to 41.4% of the County’s total permanent population.
The 2013 Pinellas Sheriff’s UCR Part 1 Crime stats are as follows:
Homicides Down 64.7%
Forcible sex offenses Down 9.72%
Robbery Down 12%
Aggravated Assault Up 9.23% – Total reflects the number of victims not cases
Burglary Down 10.397%
Larceny Down 4.6%
Motor Vehicle Theft Down 8.95%
PCSO investigated 17 homicides in 2012, which was one of highest number of homicides in recent years and in 2013 that number dropped to 6, which is one of the lowest in recent years—accounting for the 64% reduction.
In other results:
The total number of Part 1 cases involving firearms decreased by 24.46%. However, the total number of aggravated assault cases involving firearms increased by 41%; from 61 in 2012 to 86 in 2013.
The total number of Arrests for Part 1 offenses increased by 21.72%; from 2,274 arrests in 2012 to 2,768 in 2013.
The total number of arrests for Part 1 and Part 2 crimes in the Sheriff’s service area increased by 9.65%; from 12,895 in 2012 to 14,139 in 2013.
The total Part 1 case closure rate for the Sheriff’s service area increased by 12.48%.
According to Sheriff Gualtieri, the 23.8% decrease in crime over five years is particularly significant because it occurred against the backdrop of significant position eliminations and budget cuts during the same period. While reducing serious crime by almost 24%, the Sheriff’s Office cut over 600 positions, including 167 law enforcement deputies and a reduced General Fund budget by over $100 million.
Sheriff Gualtieri noted that “The numbers continue to head in the right direction – and it’s a tribute to the day-to-day good work by all Sheriff’s Office members who have worked tirelessly to achieve this significant and sustained crime reduction.”