Crestview police reporting crime rate down from 2016



Crestview Police Officer Mike Tingle places sealed evidence recovered from a stolen vehicle into a secured evidence locker. The number of vehicle thefts in the city was unchanged for the first half of 2017 as compared to the same period in 2016. (image Crestview Police Department)

CRESTVIEW, Fla., Aug. 19, 2017–Crime rates are down in Crestview so far this year as compared to the same period in 2017.

An analysis of the Crestview Police Department’s Uniform Crime Report for the first half of 2017 shows a decrease in reported crimes during the same period last year.

Overall there was an almost 9 percent decrease in crime in Crestview as compared to January through June 2016.

The most dramatic decrease came in the “battery” category, with 128 cases reported this year as compared to 201 incidents last year, a 73 case decrease.

Overall, there were 61 fewer crimes than the same period in 2016.

Reported crimes totaled 634 incidents in the first half of this year, with 695 reported between January and June last year, Police Department Critical Systems Manager Kathy Duke said.

By category, crime was down in three of the eight reporting categories defined by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, unchanged in one category and up slightly in the remaining categories.

Those categories are murder, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, larceny, car theft and crime rate by population.

A reported rise in sexual batteries—up five cases from 2016’s 23 cases—prompted Police Chief Tony Taylor to assign another domestic assault investigator

“We wan to be proactive and take this head on,” he said.

This year’s 300 percent decrease in Crestview’s murder rate, while an impressive-looking piece of data, actually stems from a single case that included a triple homicide in January 2016, Taylor said.

“Percentages and data can be manipulated to tell a different story without the background facts,” he said. “We saw that in the 2015 mayoral race. This report is very straightforward and simple. The fact is, crime is down in Crestview.”

Crestview Police Department news release

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