Burglaries Increase Sumter County Crime by 25 Percent
The increased number of burglaries at construction sites in Sumter County has boosted the crime rate in the county by 25.3 percent during the first six months of this year.
While nonviolent offenses, such as burglary and larceny, were up, violent crimes such as assault, rape and robbery were in the single digits.
Larcenies and robberies made up the majority of the added crime. Reports show there were 236 larcenies, which is 32 more than last year. Burglaries soared by 41 cases, to 133.
Law enforcement officials believe burglaries of new homes being constructed in The Villages earlier this year dramatically contributed to the increased crime rate. Police claim three to four televisions and appliances, such as washers and dryers, were taken every night.
While the string of recent burglaries is a problem, police claim they have made arrests in the television burglaries and broken up theft rings which has combatted part of the problem. The sheriff’s office clearance rate apparently shot up from 34.8 percent last year to 38.4 this year.
The sheriff's office crime statistics could go up more in the second half of 2012, possibly due to the fact that deputies are now responsible for Bushnell. The sheriff's office took over that jurisdiction in October.
Crime rates show that the number of crimes in Bushnell increased by 22.3 percent during the first half of this year, from 67 to 82 cases including 53 larcenies and 13 burglaries.
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