By JESSICA LIPSCOMB | Thursday, February 21, 2013
NAPLES — Decreases in aggravated assaults and larcenies led to a lower number of reported crimes in the city of Naples last year, according to new data.
The numbers, released by Naples police on Thursday, are reported to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement each year. The agency then compiles the results in its annual Uniform Crime Report (UCR), which tallies homicides, sexual offenses, robberies, aggravated assaults, burglaries, larcenies and auto thefts.
In Naples, crimes in six of the seven categories declined from 2011 to 2012. The exception was the number of reported burglaries, which rose from 73 to 96.
There were no homicides in Naples in 2012 and one reported sex offense, according to the data. Police investigated five robberies, compared to six in 2011.
There were nearly half as many aggravated assaults, with 26 reported last year compared to 46 in 2011.
The number of larcenies fell from 526 to 431, and the number of auto thefts decreased from 16 to 10.
Altogether, there were 100 fewer crimes reported to police in 2012 570 compared to 2011’s 670.
Police spokesman Lt. John Barkley said a crime rate, which compares the number of crimes to the city’s population, was not available Thursday. Barkley said the city’s crime rate would be released when FDLE puts out its report later this spring.
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