FBI preliminary crime report shows overall crime down in Cape Coral

Reporter: Rich Kolko
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Good news for Cape Coral out of a preliminary crime report from the FBI.

Overall crime in the city is going down, but there are a few areas raising concerns.

The FBI just put out its preliminary Uniform Crime Report, or UCR, for the first part of 2018.

While most of the crime reported in the city of Cape Coral is down, there were slight upticks.

Violent crimes were slightly elevated, along with robbery, and there was a slight increase in stolen cars.

The good news – murders, rapes, and property crimes were down year-over-year.

The FBI collects these crime numbers from all law enforcement agencies in the nation, but in Southwest Florida, only Cape Coral meets the 100,000 population threshold to be included.

LINKPreliminary Semiannual Crime Statistics for 2018

Across the board, agencies are reporting 2018 was an improvement over 2017 with a drop in violent crime and property crime.

WINK News Safety and Security Specialist Rich Kolko sat down with the FBI Special Agent Eric Sporre, who is in charge of this region, and he says teamwork is one reason for the drop, “I’ll say the partnerships in this area are tremendous and I think that has a huge impact on the crime. When we’re able to partner with our state, federal and local partners and address things holistically as a team, it allows us to really do it an effective way.”

However, UCR data is only as good as what is submitted by law enforcement agencies, but this trend is good.

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