A new report released by the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office has proven that the enhanced the efforts of Hillsborough law enforcement have helped to bring the crime statistics in this region down. For the sixth year in a row, deputies have been able to reduce the overall crime rate in Hillsborough County. The rate in 2011 was 7.2 percent higher than the total crime rate in 2012. Now, the Hillsborough County Sherriff’s Office is trying to perform another feat and reduce the crime rate even more.
Hillsborough County has approximately 848,660 residents and only 21.617 of those residents were victims of crime in 2011. In 2012, there were only 20,072 victims of various crimes within the county. According to research, this is the lowest crime date that has been documented since the county started keeping statistics back in 1985. There are approximately 1.5 deputies per 1,000 residents in Hillsborough County and this is lower than the national average, yet the crime rates in Hillsborough are better than the crime rates in many other cities with larger police forces.
The number of deputies in this area may not be ideal, but the forces are able to work through the downside by creating patrols like neighborhood watch, business watch, citizen patrol, and crime stoppers, The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Department relies on locals to give them tips on crimes in the area. While this can often be extremely helpful, there are also times it may serve as a barrier. This is especially true for those who are confused. People may report alleged crimes after they assessed a situation poorly, and this may lead to an innocent person’s arrest. If you have been accused of a crime that you did not commit, then you are going to want a Tampa criminal defense lawyer from Thomas & Paulk there to help you. Contact an attorney today for more information.