For the third year in a row the City of West Palm Beach is getting safer. The crime rate is at an all-time low, dropping a whopping 29% since 2007.
According to numbers released by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, serious crime dropped 15.5% in West Palm Beach during the first six months of 2009 when compared to the first six months of 2008. The biggest drops were in motor vehicle thefts (down 39.8%), burglaries (down 21.9%) and robberies (down 12.2%). This follows a 19% drop in crime in 2008 and 17.9% drop in 2007.
While there are numerous strategies being employed by the City to increase safety, one of the key factors is the active participation of citizens in reporting suspicious activity. “As our calls for service have increased,” said Mayor Lois Frankel, “our crime has decreased. We like to tell our residents ‘If you see something, say something.’ Clearly residents are picking up the phone and making a difference by reporting suspicious or criminal activity.”
People are always encouraged to call 911 to report emergencies. Non-emergency situations can be reported to 561-822-1900.
A full breakdown of the numbers is available at www.fdle.state.fl.us/fsac/ucr/.
For Additional Information:
West Palm Beach Public Information Officer
Office: (561) 822-1433