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 April 2nd, 2009  
Serious crime investigated by St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office almost unchanged from 2007 to 2008, according to Sheriff Mascara
Both violent crime and non-violent crime investigated by the St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office remain almost unchanged in 2008 compared with 2007, according to Sheriff Ken J. Mascara.

“With the worsening economy, we were expecting a possible increase in serious crime,” Sheriff Mascara said, “but the overall increase was only 2 percent.”

There were decreases in murders, aggravated assaults and motor vehicle theft. Other categories saw increases, the Sheriff said.

Serious crime in 2007 was down 4 percent from 2006.

“Serious crime in 2008, with a total of 2,230 crimes was less than 2006, when the total was 2,267,” Sheriff Mascara said. “I believe this indicates that we are holding our own in serious crime.”

Forcible sexual offenses, robberies and burglaries, all of which increased in 2008, are crimes of opportunity, Sheriff Mascara said. “Our Crime Prevention Unit works hard to give people the information they need to reduce the opportunities criminals have to commit crimes. People can find out more by calling 772-871-5303.”

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