Crime Plunging In 2009 Says Sheriff's Office
LABELLE, FL. -- According to recently released crime reports, violent crime in Hendry County has plunged 39.2 percent and nonviolent crime is down 22 percent in the first half of 2009. According to reported statistics, residential burglaries are up 7 percent but thefts are down 43 percent. This is a significant drop from the same period of time last year when overall crime was up 6.3percent. So far this year, 2009 crime is down 25.5percent.
In 2004 crime was reported down 11.8 percent over 2003, but increased 42.8 percent in 2005. In 2006 it dropped 17.4 percent only to rocket 26.08 percent again in 2007. We experienced another increase at 6.3 percent in 2008.
Sheriff Whidden stated, ''I am very encouraged by these statistics and I can only contribute this accomplishment to the hard work and dedication of our officers and support personnel. Each day we battle budgetary shortfalls, lack of sufficient manpower and equipment; but our personnel persevere. I am very proud of them.''
''I would also like to credit the citizens of Hendry County with their help, watchful eyes and willingness to protect their community. It is because of this proactive partnership that we are able to solve many crimes. It is my intention and pledge, to you, to continue to work hard to protect everyone who either lives in or visits Hendry County.''