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Crime rate dips down in Cape Coral

By Staff | Jul 29, 2016

Crime statistics in Cape Coral continue to follow a trend of steady decline, according to the mid-year crime statistics released Thursday by the Cape Coral Police Department.

The statistics, certified by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, show violent crimes – homicide, sex offenses, aggravated assault and robbery – decreased by almost 10 percent. There were 114 such incidents recorded during the first half of 2015 and 103 reports in 2016, a decline of 9.6 percent.

Property crime – burglary, theft, motor vehicle theft – showed 1,508 incidents in the first half of 2016, which is a decrease of 2.8 percent from the 1,552 incidents reported in the same period in 2015.

“The Cape Coral Police Department’s mission is: to ensure the safety and well-being of our community through a partnership with our citizens. Thank you to our citizens for your support and cooperation to help us reduce crime in our city,” Dave Newlan, interim chief of police, said in a prepared statement.

The combined total of violent and property crimes, incidents declined by 3.3 percent, from 1,666 to 1,611 reports for 2016.

The statistics released are referred to as Part I crimes tracked and used to calculate the Index Crime Rate.

Source: Cape Coral Police Department