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DeSoto County, Florida Crime Statistics

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

Total Crime

Between 2001 and 2008 there were 7,767 total crimes reported in DeSoto County, Florida (1,444 of them violent). Of the 971 crimes that occur a year in DeSoto County, almost half happen less than a mile from home. On average, someone is a victim of a crime in DeSoto County, Florida every 9 hours. This includes 13 murders, 53 rapes, and more than four thousand thefts (including 356 motor vehicle thefts).

Total Crime in DeSoto County, Florida (2001-2008)

Please note that these figures do not include crime statistics for 1999 or 2000, as there were no data available for those years.

Crime Trends

During the previous 10 years, crime data were available in DeSoto County, Florida for 8 years. Over that interval, reported crime in DeSoto County increased by 67 percent. Over that same time frame, violent crime increased by 61 percent. Overall, the crime numbers reveal a sudden increase in crime over the last 8 years in DeSoto County. If the current trend continues, predicted crime numbers could hit nearly two thousand for DeSoto County, Florida in 2009.

Crime Trends in DeSoto County, Florida (2001-2008)

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

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Crime Data Information

DeSoto County, Florida law enforcement agencies report their statistics to the FBI UCR program. The data reported for DeSoto 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.