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 November 1st, 2012  
St. Lucie County Sheriff Mascara reports 7 percent drop in serious crime in first six months of 2012 compared with first six months of 2011
 
Serious crime investigated by the St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office dropped in the first six months of 2012 compared with the same time period in 2011, according to St. Lucie County Sheriff Ken J. Mascara.

"For the first half of the year, we recorded decreases in burglary, theft, robbery, motor vehicle theft and homicide," Sheriff mascara said. "Aggravated assaults and batteries were up by a small percentage, with larger increases in robberies and forcible sexual offenses, two crimes of opportunity."

Sheriff Mascara said he is hopeful that crime for the entire 2012 year will also drop. In 2011, for the first six months of the year compared with that same time period in 2010, there was a 6 percent increase, followed by a 9 percent increase for the 2011 calendar year.

In general, serious crime investigated by the St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office peaked in the late 1930s and has decreased steadily since then. In 2011, total serious crimes investigated by the St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office numbered 2,188, almost the same as in 1999, when the Sheriff's Office recorded 2,182 serious crimes.

The largest percentage drop was in burglaries, which declined by 14 percent in the first half of 2012 compared with the first half of 2011.

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