District One is the geographic area of the city that is everything east of I-95 and north of Malabar Road. It is a “landlocked” district, providing little opportunity for expansion. District 1 is currently measured at 15.1 square
miles. It has an estimated population of 26,720 residents. District 1 has most of the commercial and multi-family housing units within the city, resulting in a small land area and a dense population.
In 2012, the district saw an overall decrease in the number of reported crimes by about six percent. Of note is a seven percent decrease in reported burglaries and a five percent decrease in reported thefts. This is due in large part to concentrated joint efforts among patrol, crime scene processing, and intelligence gathering. The effective work of general crimes detectives working with crime suppression unit officers and youth services helps track crime trends, known suspects and targeted areas yielding positive results in reducing crime. In areas that saw increases, such as robbery, the reports generally involve illegal drug activity.
District Two consists of patrol zones 6 and 7 which is the area west of I-95 and north of Malabar Road. It also includes zone 9 which is an area south of Malabar Road and west of Degroodt Road. District 2 is currently 29.7 square miles of Palm Bay’s total land mass of just under 100 square miles. The population in District 2 is estimated to be 46,696 residents and is the city’s most populated district.
In 2012, the most widespread crime problem in this is area involved theft. In
many cases these thefts occurred as a result of a residential or vehicle burglary. As a result of pro-active law enforcement including thorough investigations, intelligence gathering and crime suppression efforts there was a noticeable drop in reported burglaries by about 55 fewer cases in 2012. Reported thefts also declined by about five percent. The only increase in crime occurred in the area of sexual offenses. This is often due to an
increase in reporting and is typically not a random crime, but a result of either a domestic or familial relationship.
District 3 is the area west of I-95 to Minton Road and south to Bombardier, south of Malabar Road to the south city limits. District Three encompasses approximately 53 square miles of the city’s near 100-square miles and has an estimated population of 33,785 residents.
In 2012, District 3 residents saw an overall five percent reduction in the number of reported index crimes. The only increases occurred in reported cases of assaults and battery with 31 more cases reported in 2012 than in the prior year. Assault is defined by Florida statute in part as an intentional threat to do violence coupled with the apparent ability to do so and putting another in fear of such violence actually occurring. The other increase in District 3 was in the homicide category. There was one homicide in 2012 compared to none the prior year. All other categories saw fewer incidents including 39% fewer robberies, 3% fewer burglaries and 14% fewer thefts.