Last week’s release of Uniform Crime Report statistics by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement heralded good news for the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office.
Overall, the report showed, crime has fallen in Hillsborough County by 53.2 percent between 2007 and 2012. A comparison of the stats, however, shows that year-over-year improvements are not present in all the categories tracked in the Uniform Crime Report.
Hillsborough County showed gains in two areas between 2011 and 2012. They are:
- Aggravated assaults – There were 1,513 reported cases in 2012 versus the 1,439 in 2011.
- Violent crimes – 2012’s 2,152 cases showed slight gains over the 2,130 cases reported in 2011.
Here’s a look at the other categories of crime tracked in the Uniform Crime Report and the number of cases for 2012 versus 2011.20122011Murder28 28Forcible Rape116 133Robbery495 530Burglary4,143 5,104Larceny12,707 13,190Motor Vehicle Theft1,053 1,193Property Crime17,903 19,487
To see how Hillsborough County has fared through the years from 1985 to 2012, just view the PDF included in this story.
Want to see what crimes have been reported in New Tampa?
Visit the sheriff’s office online to search for crimes in the neighborhood. Once you get on the page, select the “crime mapping tool.” From there you can zero in on crime in the New Tampa area by selecting “place” and choosing the “33647” ZIP code. You can also take a look at the calls for service in other parts of the county, including Temple Terrace, Lutz and Carrollwood. Keep in mind the information provided pertains to calls for service. That means crimes listed may or may not be founded.
What do you think of the numbers? Is the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office doing a good job keeping areas around New Tampa safe? Share your thoughts in the comments section.