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Crime in Gainesville, Florida

by | Mar 20, 2018 | Crime

If you think crime isn’t a problem here in Gainesville, you’re in for a rude awakening.

Let’s break it down.

Understanding the Crime Problem

Each year the Florida Department of Law Enforcement publishes Uniform Crime Reports (UCR) for the previous year. Since it is still early in 2018, the 2017 report hasn’t been published yet.

Accordingly, this article references the 2016 UCR data which is the most recent currently available.

In 2016 police solved less than 30% of crime in Alachua County. This means nearly 3 out of every 4 criminals got away!

If that isn’t bad enough, in 2016 the crime rate increased about 4 percent over 2015.

We’re not here to scare you with doom and gloom, but it’s important to understand what is actually going on around you. A lot of people, including the University of Florida, would prefer you (and their students’ parents) not have this information.

The crime rates that follow are given with the City of Gainesville data first, followed by all of Alachua County in parenthesis.

Violent Crime

FDLE considers the following crimes to be violent crimes:

  • Murder
  • Rape
  • Robbery
  • Aggravated Assault

In 2016 Gainesville had 3 murders (4 in Alachua County), 142 rapes (216 in Alachua County), 189 robberies (271 in Alachua County), and 536 aggravated assaults (966 in Alachua County).

When compared to 2015:

  • Murder increased 50% (33.3% for Alachua County)
  • Rape increased 27.9% (18.0% for Alachua County)
  • Robbery decreased 1.8% (1.3% for Alachua County)
  • Aggravated Assault decreased 8.5% (0.3% for Alachua County)

Property Crime

FDLE considers the following crimes to be property crimes:

  • Burglary
  • Larceny (Theft)
  • Motor Vehicle Theft

In 2016 Gainesville had 590 burglaries (1,256 in Alachua County), 3,951 larcenies (5,963 in Alachua County), and 367 motor vehicle thefts (534 in Alachua County).

When compared to 2015:

  • Burglary increased 8.7% (1.6% for Alachua County)
  • Larceny increased 4.9% (4.2% for Alachua County)
  • Motor Vehicle Theft increased 19.5% (29.9% for Alachua County)

The Takeaway

It is important to keep in mind that these numbers only include the crimes that were actually reported to law enforcement. With the fact that only of fraction of incidents are actually reported, the actual number of incidents is most certainly higher.

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