The Collier County Sheriff Department is proud to announce that crime rates have dropped in the area.
Kevin Rambosk, Collier County’s sheriff, mentioned that the rates have hit an all-time low since the 80’s, in spite of the surge in population in the area. There is also a huge difference in the number of crime rates from Collier County to neighboring areas, making the numbers all the more impressive. Robberies and burglaries account for the greatest decrease in occurrence, though homicides have doubled in the past year. The sheriff has assured the townsfolk that none of these homicides were random acts of violence, but more of associated from a prevention standpoint.
Aside from announcing the good news of falling crime rates, the Sheriff also announced new additions to crimes they will be focusing on this year. Two new crimes were identified which are on the rise in Southwest Florida. These may potentially break the county’s record-breaking crime-free highs. First is the rise of traditional illegal drugs such as cocaine, heroin, and marijuana. The other is identity theft, which ranked neighboring Naples and Fort Myers-Cape Coral as the second and fourth place in the country, respectively, with the highest number of identity theft crimes.
The sheriff has vowed to focus on these two targets this year while maintaining the department’s newest crime-free record.