Crime Rate Falls in Most Counties Throughout NCF
Published November 21st, 2013
TRENTON -- Crime is down across most parts of North Central Florida according to new numbers released by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.
The numbers -- which cover the first six months of this year -- show crime dropped in nearly every North Central Florida county when compared to the same time period last year.
Levy County saw the largest drop with a 52 percent reduction in crime, while Gilchrist County wasn't far behind with a 44 percent drop.
While he doesn't accept all the credit for the reduction in crime seen in his jurisdiction, the Gilchrist County Sheriff says he does believe a more proactive policing strategy definitely played a role.
"One of the things that I wanted to promote was being more visible in the community," said Sheriff Robert Schultz.
In Alachua County, which saw a 9 percent drop in crime, law enforcement says while the numbers are good, they tend to fluctuate every year.
The only counties in North Central Florida that saw a rise in crime was Columbia, which saw a 2 percent increase , and Bradford, which saw crime more than double. Most of that can be attributed to a significant rise in the number of reported assaults and burglaries.
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