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Sarasota County, Florida Crime Statistics

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

Total Crime

Between 1999 and 2008 there were 103,048 total crimes reported in Sarasota County, Florida (10,938 of them violent). Of the 10,305 crimes that occur a year in Sarasota County, almost half happen less than a mile from home. On average, someone is a victim of a crime in Sarasota County, Florida every 51 minutes. This includes 79 murders, 708 rapes, and more than seventy thousand thefts (including 5,528 motor vehicle thefts).

Crime Trends

During the previous 10 years, crime data were available in Sarasota County, Florida for all 10 years. Over that interval, reported crime in Sarasota County increased by 74 percent. Over that same time frame, violent crime increased by 59 percent. Overall, the crime numbers reveal a sudden increase in crime over the last 10 years in Sarasota County. If the current trend continues, predicted crime numbers could hit nearly nineteen thousand for Sarasota County, Florida in 2009.

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

Visitors are cautioned against interpreting ranking data to determine 'how dangerous' a certain location is, as many factors, including episodic events, or differences in crime reporting and methodology can skew rankings. Click on the individual graph bars to see crime figures in these locations.

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Crime Data Information

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

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