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Collier County crime rate drops for 7th year in a row!

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avatarUdut, Kenneth -- on Jan. 29 2009, from Golden Gate Estates, Naples, FL
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Except Larceny, which was up 6.8%.

Collier County crime rate drops for 7th year in a row WBBH-TV updated 6:12 a.m. ET, Tues., Jan. 27, 2009 COLLIER COUNTY: Despite the challenges of a struggling economy, Officials with the Collier County Sheriff's Office say preliminary figures for 2008 show that crime dropped for the seventh consecutive year in unincorporated Collier County.

Numbers submitted to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement show that the areas patrolled by the Collier County Sheriff's Office saw a 1.5-percent decrease when compared to 2007 figures.

The statistics represent the categories of homicide, sexual assault, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, larceny and motor vehicle theft.

Deputies say of those, larceny was the only offense that saw an increase.

Specifically, homicides were down 60-percent - from 15 to sixSexual assaults dropped by 27-percent - from 165 to 120Vehicle thefts dipped by 16.2-percent - from 365 to 306Aggravated assaults were down 14-percent - from 884 to 760Robberies dropped 3.9-percent - from 233 to 224.

Larceny, which includes crimes such as shoplifting, pocket-picking, purse-snatching and thefts from motor vehicles, increased 6.8 percent - from 3,361 to 3,590.

"Historically speaking, when times are tight we tend to see an increase in crimes of opportunity," said Collier County Sheriff Kevin J. Rambosk. "That's why it's especially important for all of us to be vigilant and work together to maintain our community's wonderful quality of life."

Rambosk said he knows the coming year will be challenging given the realities of the economy and increasing foreclosures.

But he believes continued success can be achieved with law enforcement and the community partnering together.

He added that the Collier County Sheriff's Office is focusing on strengthening existing community partnerships and reaching out to develop new ones to help keep the county safe.

Rambosk also reminded the public to practice crime prevention techniques like locking their homes and vehicles and not leaving valuables in plain view in a vehicle.

"We must all work together, particularly in times like this, to keep crime as low as possible," he said.

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Collier County crime rate drops for 7th year in a row! Except Larceny, which was up 6.8%.