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Release Number: 14-035
- For Immediate Release:
- Public Information Office of Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
- January 24, 2014
- Contact Person:
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Crime Rate In Hillsborough County Down Another Year
For the seventh straight year, deputies have reduced the overall crime in Hillsborough County.
- December 31, 2013
- Time: 12:00 AM
Crime Rate In Hillsborough County Down Another Year:
The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office is proud to let you know that our deputies are making a difference in the quality of life in our county.
For the seventh straight year, deputies have reduced overall crime in Hillsborough County. Compared to 2012, the overall crime rate in 2013 was reduced by 7.1 percent!
With a population in unincorporated Hillsborough County of 858,860 residents, the number of victims of crimes was also reduced from 20,055 in 2012 to 18,854 in 2013. That equals 21.9 victims of crime per 1000 residents down from 23.6 the year before.
This violent crime rate is the lowest violent crime rate in Hillsborough County since recording started in 1985!
And consider this; there are 1.4 deputies per 1,000 residents in Hillsborough County. That is lower than the national average for law enforcement agencies of 2.5 officers per capita.
While Hillsborough County's population grows, the number of deputies on the street has not. That means the men and women of the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office are working harder and working smarter to reduce crime.
How did we do it?
We did it with dedication, commitment and the efforts of our community partners such as Neighborhood Watch, Business Watch, Crime Stoppers and Citizen Patrol.
Your eyes and ears let us know about suspicious activity and persons. You reacted, and we acted. But we also redefined how we battle crime, from being less reactive to being more proactive.
In 2009, we instituted Intelligence-Led Policing, a policing model focusing on the small percentage of those who commit crimes and developing tactical methods to monitor, catch and jail them. It is working!
Our strategic Law enforcement Intelligence Nexus Center, or LINC, is the hub. Our detectives and crime analysts sift through criminal intelligence, and then relay information to supervisors who craft decisions based on the best use of resources and devise plans of action to keep our communities safe.
We thank everyone who helps us make it safer in Hillsborough County!