The City of Key West, Florida

The Southernmost City in th Continental United States

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Early Stats Show Crime is Down

Crime in Key West dropped by almost 12 percent for the first six months of the year, when compared to the first half of 2017, a statistic that reflects the ongoing trend of reduced crime in the city.  

Non-violent crime dropped by 13.6 percent, while the number of violent crimes remained about the same.

Each year the Key West Police Department reports its crime statistics to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. These numbers are compiled for the first six months of the year, and then again for an overall annual tally. The statistics are compiled for the entire state by the FDLE in its Uniform Crime Reporting system.

There were fewer burglaries when comparing the first six months of 2017 to the beginning of 2018. There were 49 reported last year and just 26 in the same time period this year. Burglaries of conveyances were also down, with just 20 in 2018 compared with 30 for the first half of 2017. Bicycle thefts – a common problem in Key West – dropped from 86 for the first half of 2017 to 67 in the first half of this year.

Police Chief Donie Lee is always cautious about using the mid-year numbers to ascertain trends. However, year in and year out, he stresses that it’s the partnership between the community and the Department that has set the overall trend.

“Home and car burglaries continue to drop,” he said. “I attribute much of that to residents’ and visitors’ awareness. The simple act of locking the doors and windows of your home and your car can make a difference in the numbers of these crimes of opportunity.”