Despite the growth in population, Lee County is proud to say the total number of violent crimes have dropped this year. Additional 5,338 residents were recorded in 2013. According to Lee County Sheriff’s Office, violent crimes such as forcible sex offenses, aggravated assaults, robberies, and murders has declined by 1.45 percent compared to crime percentage during 2012. The number of violent crimes in 2012 reached a total of 1,241. In 2013, it went down to 1,223.
When it comes to property crimes, it had declined to almost 6%. During 2012, 8,854 burglaries and thefts were recorded. In 2013, there were only 8,361 property crimes. Even motor vehicle theft, murders, and residential burglaries have noticeably declined. In motor vehicle theft alone, there is a visible drop of 19 percent. However, there were slight increases in bicycle and vehicle part thefts.
Sheriff Mike Scott gladly stated that Lee County deputies have remained despite being involved in 5 fatal gunfights in 2013.