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Cape Coral crime rate down

Real Estate Agent with Century 21 Sunbelt Realty

Crime in Cape Coral is down for the second consecutive year, according to statistics released Wednesday by the Cape Coral Police Department.

The city experienced a 15.7 percent decrease in major crimes - murder, sex offenses, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, larceny and motor-vehicle theft - in 2009 compared to 2008. Major crimes had dropped by 9.4 percent in 2008 compared to 2007.

The news comes after earlier announcements of a 14 percent reduction in crime in Lee County's unincorporated areas and a 12 percent drop in crime in Fort Myers for 2009.

Crime in every major category decreased, according to statistics sent to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

Violent crimes dropped 8 percent from 361 in 2008 to 332 last year. Property crimes fell 16.2 percent from 5,056 in 2008 to 4,233 in 2009.

There were seven homicides in Cape Coral in 2008 and three last year. The clearance rate of those homicides was 100 percent - a standard the police have maintained for the past 15 years.

The statistics show that the number of burglaries fell 6.3 percent from 1,352 in 2008 to 1,267 in 2009. Larcenies dropped 19.8 percent from 3,482 in 2008 to 2,792 in 2009. And motor-vehicle thefts were down 21.6 percent from 222 in 2008 to 174 last year.

Philip H. Busse PA
Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate

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