Ohio State Journal of Criminal Law

OSJCL Amici Board of Advisors

OSJCL Amici: Views from the Field

Florida's Latest Crime Statistics

The state of Florida recently released crime statistics, an announcement that included the development of several interesting trends. As the national economy has faltered, crimes of opportunity are on the rise, a trend that was reflected in Palm Beach for the first half of 2008. The vigilance of many community police departments in ramping up efforts against violent crime, however, has helped to reduce instances of assault, rape, and murder. While police spokesmen were careful not to attribute too much credit or blame to law enforcement alone –noting that larger trends such as the economy and uncontrollable elements such as the weather also impact crime rates- these numbers are certainly helpful in detecting trends and preparing responses to various types of criminal behavior.



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