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 April 26th, 2011  
Serious crime investigated by St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office was down in 2010 compared with 2009, according to Sheriff Mascara, despite increase in homicides
 
Even though the St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office investigated six homicides in 2010, the total number of serious crimes dropped 3 percent compared with 2009, according to Sheriff Ken J. Mascara.

"Even one homicide is too many, and the Sheriff's Office investigated six in 2010 after recording no homicides in 2009," Sheriff Mascara said. "The homicides we investigated in 2010 involved cases in which we believe that in all  but one, the murderers knew their victims."

The year 2010 marked the second year in a row that serious crime decreased, Sheriff Mascara said. In 2009, serious crime dropped 7 percent compared with the previous year.

 "In 2000, the year I was elected Sheriff, there were 2,293 serious crimes reported to the St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office. In 2010, the total was 2,000. That is a decrease of almost 12.8 percent," Sheriff Mascara said.

Serious crime reported to the St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office peaked in the late 1980s. For example, in 1989, there were 3,674 serious crimes. This may be attributable to the epidemic of crack cocaine that hit St. Lucie County in the mid-1980s. Serious crime has dropped steadily since then.

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