Crime has gone through many fluctuations during 2022. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement has released key metrics related to crime rates, public safety and other concerns. Keep reading our blog to learn why and what has changed.
Nationally, crime rates have risen, in particular violent crime, since 2020. The murder rate per 100,000 people rose by nearly 30% in 2020 along with assault which rose by 10%. At least 75% of all murders in the same year were committed with a firearm which led to a new national record.
Crime rates cooled in 2022 with violent crime rates slowing down between 2021 and 2022. However, national reports for 2022 are scarce because the data collection methodology has changed. Reporting is completed by local precincts.
The crime rate comparison between 2021 and 2022 is as follows:
- Homicide: Decreased by 2% between
- Assault with a Deadly Weapon: Decreased by 13%
- Robbery: Increased by 13%
- Sex Abuse: Decreased by 16%
In total, all crime in Florida decreased by 2% from 2021 to 2022. It’s important to recognize that these statistics do not reflect the distribution of crime in each county. Some counties experienced higher crime rates in 2022 than others including Miami-Dade County. Some non-violent crimes also increased like shoplifting.
There are several potential reasons why the crime rate may have increased ranging from increased poverty driving desperation to policing and more access to firearms. During the pandemic, and as a result of shutdowns and layoffs mental health has plummeted.
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