Governor Announces 4.7% Drop In Crime Rate For 2013
Florida's crime rate dropped 4.7 percent in 2013, the lowest number since the state began compiling the statistics.
Governor Rick Scott, along with Florida Department of Law Enforcement Commissioner Gerald Bailey and a group of Tampa Bay area law enforcement officers made the announcement Wednesday.
The overall number of crimes fell by over 27,000 or 4.7 percent to nearly 700,000. According to statistics compiled by law enforcement agencies and the FDLE, there were 970 murders in 2013, a 3.9 percent drop from the previous year.
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