(PRWEB) September 28, 2012
The latest Bustedmugshots.com report details recent statistics relating to property and violent crime in Tampa, Florida (Hillsborough County). Reported incidents for 2012 indicate that crime is down compared to the same period in 2011.
Based on these preliminary figures, Hillsborough County law enforcement reported a decrease of 0.6 % in the number of violent crimes January through August 2012, when compared to the same period in 2011. The violent crime category includes kidnapping, murder, sexual assault, and other crime types identified by the Bustedmugshots.com team.
Property crimes also decreased, down 3.7% in August year-to-date. The property crimes category primarily consists of theft information. In August year-to-date, drug and alcohol arrests decreased by 8.0% compared to the same period in 2011.
Based on the information for 2012, crime is down across major categories for the year, with the exception of sexual assaults which have increased by about 4.0%. Although the increase isn’t so large as to be alarming, it is worth noting since it is the only major crime category to outpace 2011 numbers.
2012 homicide numbers in Hillsborough County are also trending below those of 2011, and have fallen throughout 2012 after spiking in February.
Reported property crimes also continue to fall. So far this year, only one month has broken the thousand point mark for theft incidents, and that was January, with 1,027 reported thefts. In 2011 there were four months with more than one thousand reported incidents -- all of which occurred in the first eight months of the year. Reported thefts in June 2012 were down by almost 15% compared to June 2011.
Assaults in 2012 closely match the 2011 numbers, while sexual assaults have increased slightly in 2012.
These statistics are in line with overall national crime trends seen by the Bustedmugshots team as crime numbers continue to edge down.
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