Palm Bay Crime Rate Drops Twenty Percent in 2013
As the State of Florida prepares to release its annual Uniform Crime Report (UCR) at the end of April, Palm Bay Police Chief Doug Muldoon announces, for the second consecutive year, crime in Central Florida’s second-largest city is down. The data submitted to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) for the calendar year 2013 shows the crime rate in Palm Bay dropped by 20% compared to 2012. The total number of index offenses in 2013 was 2,409 compared to 3,010 the prior year. Index offenses are specific crimes tracked by the state to coincide with the national Uniform Crime Report. These offenses include murder, forcible sex offenses, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, larceny and motor vehicle theft. Domestic violence related crimes also declined in 2013. Of the total number of index crimes listed, 849 involved domestic relationships. This number represents a near 9% drop compared to the prior year. “We invest a lot of time, energy and resources in training our personnel to not only respond to calls for service, but to provide intervention and assistance to victims of crime,” Chief Muldoon said. “I believe this pro-active and victim oriented approach always makes a positive impact on the safety of our community and I’m proud of all the men and women of the Palm Bay Police Department for the team effort that led to our accomplishments in reducing crime for two consecutive years. Hopefully the trend will continue.”
The Victim Services Unit assisted 2,810 individuals that were impacted by criminal activity. In 2013 a majority of those individuals were involved as a victim of domestic violence or were impacted by acts of domestic violence. “Hopefully the drop in domestic violence related crimes is indicative that people are getting the help they need to prevent this type of victimization,” Chief Muldoon added.
Also of note is a 28% decline in the number of burglaries—517 reported in 2013 compared to 719 in 2012. There was a 15% decline in aggravated assaults—374 reported in 2013 compared to 442 in 2012, and a near 45% decline in the number of robberies with 43 reported in 2013 compared to 78 in 2012.
The statistics presented to the FDLE are an indication of crime and criminal activities known to, and reported by, the Palm Bay Police Department for 2013. The data is as of February 3, 2014.