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Bay County, Florida Crime Statistics

This webpage contains crime figures for Bay County, Florida. You can examine the breakdown of crime by type, changes to crime numbers over time, and see how Bay County compares to similar locations. If you are interested in seeing public records resources for Bay County, Florida, you can click the Public Records tab at the top.

Total Crime

Between 1999 and 2008 there were 61,917 total crimes reported in Bay County, Florida (7,961 of them violent). Of the 6,192 crimes that occur a year in Bay County, almost half happen less than a mile from home. On average, someone is a victim of a crime in Bay County, Florida 17 times a day. This includes 58 murders, 728 rapes, and more than forty-two thousand thefts (including 2,962 motor vehicle thefts).

Crime Trends

During the previous 10 years, crime data were available in Bay County, Florida for all 10 years. Over that interval, reported crime in Bay County increased by 64 percent. Over that same time frame, violent crime increased by 79 percent. Overall, the crime numbers reveal a sudden increase in crime over the last 10 years in Bay County. If the current trend continues, predicted crime numbers could hit nearly ten thousand for Bay County, Florida in 2009.

Crime Trends in Bay County, Florida (1999-2008)

Remember that these graphs show reported crime figures and some step offs in crime numbers may be the result of changes in reporting, not actual changes in crime rates.

Crime Comparisons

Crime rates per 1,000 population in counties like Bay County, Florida (1999-2008)

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Crime Data Information

Bay County, Florida law enforcement agencies report their statistics to the FBI UCR program. The data reported for Bay County conform to the FBI data quality guidelines. For more information, and a description of the statistical methods and data algorithms used by RecordsPedia, please visit our methodology section.