Florida Keys News - Key West Citizen
Friday, February 7, 2014
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Crime down by 6 percent in 2013

Overall reported crimes declined by almost 6 percent in 2013, the Key West Police Department said Thursday.

The police's end-of-the-year report to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement shows nonviolent crimes fell by 4.5 percent, and violent crime fell by 14.4 percent.

The figures come from comparing 2013 reported crimes with those of the previous year.

Robberies were down by 27.5 percent, and aggravated assaults dropped by 9.7 percent. There were no murders within the city limits of Key West in 2013. In 2012, one man was killed.

Despite a recent spike in the number of burglaries last fall near the cemetery, overall burglaries dropped by 9.3 percent in 2013.

A rash of smart phone burglaries in 2013 spiked larceny numbers because they are classified by the state as "thefts from buildings." These thefts created an increase of almost 453 percent in that category. But overall, thefts declined by 36 percent.

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