The Lee County Sheriff's Office today announced the 2012 crime rate was the lowest since the turn of the new millennium.
Crime dropped 12 percent compared with 2011, according to Uniform Crime Reports released Tuesday, Feb. 5.
"If it weren't for the proactive efforts of our deputies and support staff around the clock on the street, in the jail, on the phone and in dedicated service, we would not see such improvements," said Lee County Sheriff Mike Scott. "Have no doubt, we will do everything in our power to seek out the criminals who try to diminish the quality of life in Lee County."
Residential burglaries dropped 24 percent with 778 fewer. other category dips include:
thefts over $200, down 621 crimes and 18 percent; and
robberies fell 33 cases and 9 percent;
Motor vehicle theft incidents rose by 124 incidents. Murders were up two to 17 in 2012.