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How safe do you feel in the Central Florida neighborhoods where you live and work?
State Attorney Monique Worrell was on hand for a news conference for Domestic Violence Awareness Month and made the following statement:
“We have seen an increase in all violent crime in our community since the start of the pandemic,” Worrell said.
WESH 2’s Greg Fox looked into the claim by going through the Florida Department of Law Enforcement’s crime reports.
The reports contain data collected from every city and county in Florida and are generated after crime scenes.
Crime overall in 2020 compared to 2019 was down in every Central Florida county, with Seminole County seeing the biggest drop by 22%. Putnam County saw the smallest drop with barely 2%.
In Worrell’s territory, Circuit Nine, which includes Orange and Osceola Counties, there were around 47,000 offenses last year, down 17%.
People like Pete Spulecki, who lives and works in downtown Orlando, said he’s not too worried about crime.
“(I) never felt a threat for safety or my property, anything like that,” Spulecki said.
Orange County resident Ashley Arias agreed.
“I mean of course it concerns me. You know we want to live in a place that we’re comfortable, I mean I feel safe,” Arias said.
However, Worrell said, “all violent crime” has increased since the start of the pandemic, which had some staffers of Sheriff John Mina raising their eyebrows.
Because we are still in a pandemic, all the figures aren’t available.
Here’s what violent crime looked like all of last year in Circuit Nine:
WESH 2 requested an interview with Worrell to talk about what her office is doing to reduce crime, but her office declined.
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