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Newly released crime statistics show the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office had a significant decrease in crime, 11.2% in 2018.
As a result of Sheriff Chad Chronister's strategy to protect citizens, the smart use of resources and a focus on youth empowerment and opportunity programs, newly released crime statistics show the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office had a significant decrease in crime, 11.2% in 2018.
According to Uniform Crime Report (UCR) data, from 2017 to 2018, there were fewer robberies, burglaries, larcenies, vehicle thefts and aggravated assaults, all crimes of opportunity that can typically affect the general population. There were 1,423 fewer crimes in 2018 compared to 2017, despite the population in Hillsborough County increasing by 2.5% from 941,536 to 964,883.
"I am so proud of our personnel who serve and protect the citizens of Hillsborough County. This is the 11th year in a row that crime has decreased, this year dropping by 11%, which is quite impressive and a testament to the dedication and commitment we have to our community," said Hillsborough County Sheriff Chad Chronister. "Crime reduction such as this takes a multi-faceted approach, involving a sustained enforcement campaign, prevention and education, community partnerships, and significant community and youth outreach. We will continue our efforts to make Hillsborough County a safer place for all."