Collier County’s 2019 crime rate lowest since ’71, sheriff says

Writer: Derrick Shaw
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The crime rate in Collier County in 2019 was the lowest since tracking began in 1971, Sheriff Kevin Rambosk said Monday.

The crime rate of 1,402.9 represents the number of offenses reported per 100,000 people. Collier County’s population increased from 329,909 in 2018 to 338,436 in 2019.

The sheriff’s office said the numbers mean that Collier County remains the safest metropolitan county in Florida, according to numbers maintained by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. Only 14 counties have a lower crime rate than Collier, and all of them are in more rural areas of the state.

“We enjoy a terrific and safe quality of life here in Collier County,” Rambosk said. “We not only offer sunshine and beaches, we offer a safe and welcoming environment, and that is important.”

There were 4,748 Part 1 crimes in Collier County in 2019. The numbers represent crimes in unincorporated Collier County and Everglades City. They include the categories of homicide, sexual assault, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, larceny and motor vehicle theft.

Burglaries dropped from 505 in 2018 to 433 in 2019. Aggravated assaults decreased from 642 to 588. Homicides decreased from nine to eight.

Motor vehicle thefts showed the sharpest increase, up from 215 in 2018 to 274 in 2019. The numbers follow a national trend related to motorists leaving key fobs inside locked vehicles. CCSO regularly asks motorists to lock their cars, take their fob with them and remove valuables from inside vehicles.

Larcenies went from 3,042 to 3,177; robberies went from 138 to 144; and rapes went from 109 to 124.

Rambosk said the agency’s crime numbers for the first four months of 2020 show a continuing downward trend despite the fact that in addition to holding the line on crime, it has been helping to protect the community from the spread of COVID-19. Deputies have been tasked with enforcing Gov. Ron DeSantis’ executive orders limiting groups of 10 or more and restrictions on commercial/business activity.

“We have had tremendous voluntary compliance with CDC recommendation and the governor’s executive orders in our community,” Rambosk said.

Click here to view the 2018 – 2019 Part 1 crime report.

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