Crime Dropped 2.1 Percent In Collier In 2017
Collier County Sheriff's Office
Fewer crimes were committed in Collier County in 2017 than the previous year, Sheriff Rambosk announced Monday.
Overall crime in unincorporated parts of Collier County and Everglades City dropped 2.1 percent to 4,830 crimes in 2017 from 4,935 crimes in 2016, according to preliminary numbers submitted by the Collier County Sheriff’s Office to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.
The statistics represent the categories of homicide, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, larceny, and motor vehicle theft.
Collier County Sheriff Kevin Rambosk credited the decline in reported crimes to the agency’s continued partnerships with residents and businesses, and the dedication and commitment to public safety carried out every day by the men and women of the Collier County Sheriff’s Office.
“This is a result of a lot of hard work by our deputies and the community,” Sheriff Rambosk said.
CCSO continues to place a high priority on connecting with the community through outreach and community education. Those efforts include Coffee With A Cop events and Knock and Inform campaigns where deputies go door to door handing out informational fliers on how residents can protect themselves from being a victim of burglary, vehicle break-in and other crimes.
Statistically, homicides dropped by the greatest percentage, showing a 14.3 percent reduction, from seven in 2016 to six in 2017. Burglaries dipped 13.9 percent, from 742 to 639; robberies decreased 8.4 percent, from 166 to 152; motor vehicle thefts dropped 6.7 percent, from 224 to 209; and larcenies decreased .1 percent, from 3,028 to 3,025.
Categories showing an increase were rape, which rose from 65 in 2016 to 77 in 2017, and aggravated assault, which saw an uptick from 703 to 722.
Here are some of the ways citizens can help deputies drive down crime:
* Lock your car and keep valuables out of view
* Call 239.252.0700 to schedule a home or business security survey by a CCSO Crime Prevention specialist
* Report unusual activity to law enforcement
* Start or join a Neighborhood Watch program
* Mentor a child
* Be alert and aware of your surroundings
* Join one of CCSO’s Community Safety Teams to help address code enforcement and other problems at the neighborhood level
* Protect personal information like your Social Security number, computer passwords and banking information