Crime dropped for the fourth consecutive year in unincorporated Collier County in 2018, preliminary figures show.
The 4,660 crimes reported in 2018 is the lowest number since 1984.
Numbers recently submitted to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement by the Collier County Sheriff’s Office show that the area patrolled by CCSO saw a 3.5 percent decrease when compared to 2017 figures. The statistics represent the categories of homicide, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, larceny, and motor vehicle theft. Sheriff Kevin Rambosk credited the overall drop in reported crimes to a combination of the agency’s continuing partnerships with residents, visitors and businesses and the hard work and dedication of deputies.
“Collier County continues to be one of the safest counties in Florida,” Sheriff Rambosk said. “People are securing their homes and belongings, and they are taking other appropriate measures to stay safe and help us keep crime low.” They are also heeding the agency’s ongoing push to report all crime to law enforcement, the Sheriff noted. “Our deputies depend on the community to be their eyes and ears on the ground,” he said.
Burglary showed the largest overall decrease from 639 in 2017 to 505 in 2018, for a 21 percent drop. Sheriff Rambosk pointed to the agency’s safety campaigns, initiatives and events that focused on educating the community about the importance of home security. CCSO also offers free home and business security surveys to the community. Aggravated assaults dropped 11 percent from 722 in 2017 to 642 in 2018. Robberies dipped 9.2 percent from 152 in 2017 to 138
Categories showing an increase were homicide, which rose from six in 2017 to nine in 2018; rape, which increased from 77 in 2017 to 109 in 2018; motor vehicle theft, which saw an uptick from 209 in 2017 to 215 in 2018; and larceny, which rose from 3,025 in 2017 to 3,042 in 2018. The last time there were fewer than 4,660 reported crimes in Collier County was 1984 when there were 4,327 reported crimes.
However, there were 90,663 residents in Collier in 1984 compared to 329,909 residents in 2018. Here are some of the ways the community can help deputies drive down crime:
* Lock your car and keep valuables out of view
* Schedule a home or business security survey by a CCSO Crime Prevention specialist
* Report unusual activity to law enforcement
* Start or join a Neighborhood Watch program
* Mentor a child
* Be alert and aware of your surroundings
* Join one of CCSO’s Community Safety Teams to help address code enforcement and other problems at the neighborhood level
* Protect personal information like your Social Security number, computer passwords and banking information
* When online, don’t chat with strangers or respond to their e-mails
If it is a non-emergency, contact the Collier County Sheriff ’s Office non-emergency line at 239-252-9300. If it could be a crime in progress, call 911. If you have information on past occurred crimes or people who are involved in criminal activity, call the CCSO TIPS line at 239-775-8477, or to remain anonymous and be eligible for a possible reward call Crime Stoppers at 800-780-TIPS. You can also email CCSO at TIPS@colliersheriff.org