Charlotte and Sarasota Counties Experience Dip in Violent Crime So Far in 2012
Mid-Year Crime Statistics Appear Promising
According to mid-year crime statistics from the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office released on July 20, violent crime in Charlotte County decreased 16% during this same time period last year. Charlotte County Sheriff Bill Cameron noted that while the decrease in violent crime is obviously positive, “there’s nothing earth shattering in this report. The first six months is more of a barometer than anything else.”
Sarasota County showed an even more pronounced drop in violent crime, down 24% compared to last year according to stats released by the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office. “It’s a little premature at this point to give a definitive answer [about overall crime decrease], but the numbers speak for themselves,” said Captain Anthony Sirianni of the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office.