FDLE: Crime in Baker County rises nearly 30% in 2013

BAKER COUNTY, Fla. -- The indexed crime rate rose in Baker County nearly 30 percent last year when compared to 2012.

Those numbers are based on the 2013 Annual Crime in Florida Report released by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement last week.

Aggravated assaults are one of the biggest causes for the increase. The FDLE reported a increase of 44 cases last year, an increase of 115 percent. A total of 82 were reported in 2013, and 38 were reported in 2012.

Property crimes, like burglaries, increased by 47 and thefts increased by 28.

According to Baker County Sheriff Joey B. Dobson, a large portion of the aggravated assaults can be attributed to an increase in domestic violence.

"I can assure the citizens of Baker County that we will continue to maintain our vigilance, and continue to search for new and innovative ideas to prevent crimes, and apprehend those who are responsible for committing crimes within our county," Dobson said.

A total of 462 crimes were reported in 2013. There were 94 reported violent crimes, and 368 total non-violent.

Three of the four indexed violent crimes fell from 2012-13, according to the FDLE.

No murders were reported in the county in the last two years.


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