Crime in Key West dropped by almost 23 percent for the first six months of the year when compared to the first half of 2015. Burglaries dropped a significant 49 percent. Non-violent crime is down by 23 percent compared to the first six months of 2016, and aggravated assaults decreased by 20 percent.
Each year the Key West Police Department reports its crime statistics to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. These numbers are compiled for the first six months of the year, and then again for an overall annual tally. These statistics are compiled for the entire state by the FDLE in its Uniform Crime Reporting system.
Instances of burglaries dropped across the board: Burglaries of structures dropped 49 percent and burglaries of vehicles dropped by 43 percent. Bike thefts, too, were significantly lower, dropping by 36 percent.
“Though we’re always cautious about using these mid-year numbers to assess trends,” said Police Chief Donie Lee, “these dramatic reductions in burglaries show that people may be getting better at locking their windows and doors. We hope these numbers hold through the rest of the year.”