ORLANDO, Fla. – The Florida Department of Law Enforcement released its semi-annual crime statistics on Thursday, which showed crime is down in most Central Florida areas--except for in two counties.
The numbers, which take into account crimes reported in the first 6 months of 2012 and compare them to the same 6-month period in 2011, show violent crime is down in most places, along with robberies and assaults.
Statewide, overall crime is down 3.8 percent, marking the fourth year in a row that overall crime has dropped. Crime is also down in Brevard, Marion, Osceola, Polk, Seminole and Volusia counties.
But in Orange and Lake counties, overall crime grew by 3 and 3.5 percent, respectively. In both counties, there were fewer murders, robberies and assaults--but more forcible rapes were reported. The biggest increases were in burglaries and larceny, while statewide, the numbers were down.
Winter Park experienced a spike in home burglaries and business burglaries, which doubled from 105 to 210 in 2012.
Overall domestic violence dropped 5.4 percent, but domestic violence murders increased by 30 percent and forcible rapes by 7 percent. Florida's murder rate, though, increased by 1.5 percent including an 8.2 percent rise in murders committed with firearms.