TALLAHASSEE, FLA. -- Florida's crime rate is down again. It wasn't much of a decrease, but it was historic none-the-less.
The crimes stats for last year have just been released, and Florida Department of Law Enforcement Commissioner Gerald Bailey is smiling because the trends are looking good.
It isn't often that a Monday brings historically good news.
"It's a pleasure to be here today to highlight Florida's lowest crime rate in forty-one years," he said.
In fact, Florida's crime rate has reached its lowest level since they started keeping track 41 years ago.
The total number of crimes was down by just one tenth of one percent, but violent crimes like murder, rape, robbery and assault were down by almost four percent.
There was a slight increase in economic crimes like burglary and larceny; and thieves stole almost one and one half trillion dollars worth of cars, cash, electronics and other personal possessions last year. Even those numbers are favorable comparisons to years past.
There was, however, one disturbing trend: an increase in the number of murders and sex offenses committed at gunpoint.