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 April 8th, 2010  
Serious crime investigated by St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office in 2009 drops by 7 percent compared with 2008, Sheriff Mascara reports
Serious crime investigated by the St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office dropped by 7 percent comparing 2009 with 2008, according to Sheriff Ken J. Mascara.

"We recorded decreases in all seven categories of major crime as defined by the F.B.I.," Sheriff Mascara said. "We have worked hard to make property owners, business owners and all county residents aware of proactive steps they can take to reduce the opportunities for crime."

Crimes of opportunity showed decreases from 2008 to 2009: burglaries were down 3 percent, thefts were down 6 percent and motor vehicle thefts were down 31 percent, Sheriff Mascara said.

Violent crimes also showed decreases. Murders went from 4 to 0, comparing 2008 and 2009. Forcible sexual decreased by 10 percent. Robberies were down 37 percent and aggravated assaults and batteries showed a 4 percent decrease.

The 2009 total of serious crime investigated by the Sheriff's Office was 2,065. That's 10 percent less than the 2,293 serious crimes recorded in 2000.

The 2009 serious crime total of 2,065 also was lower than every year going back to 1989, when the total was 3,674, said Sheriff Mascara.

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