LAKE CITY, Fla. -- Good news for Lake City residents: the number of burglaries dropped in the first half of the year compared to last year.
The bad news? Thefts and domestic violence crimes have increased, according to a recent report.
Overall, crime dropped 3 percent in the first six months of 2013 compared to the same period in 2012.
The Semi-Annual Crime Report released Tuesday by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement details reported crimes committed in Lake City from January to June each year.
By the numbers:
2 in 2012, 2 in 2013
Forcible Sex Offenses:No change
3 in 2012, 3 in 2013
12 in 2012, 13 in 2013
Aggravated Assault: -13
84 in 2012, 71 in 2013
123 in 2012, 105 in 2013
346 in 2012, 361 in 2013
Motor Vehicle Theft: -2
10 in 2012, 8 in 2013
Total Index Offenses: -17
580 in 2012, 563 in 2013
"We are encouraging our citizens to be vigilant in reporting suspicious persons orincidents in their neighborhoods and businesses. Additionally, our crime prevention officer is working withneighborhoods and community groups to educate them on how not to be a victim of a crime of opportunity.Together we can make our community a safer place to live, work, and play," Chief of the LCPD Argatha Gilmore said.
Anyone with information about a crime can contact the Lake City Police Department anonymously onthe TIP line at (386) 719-2068.