The crime rate in unincorporated Hillsborough County fell by 3 percent in 2015 and the number of violent crimes is at its lowest level since 1985.
In a news release, Hillsborough County Sheriff David Gee announced today that the county’s crime rate fell for the ninth straight year and credited such programs as Crime Stoppers, Neighborhood Watch and Citizen Patrol for the reduction.
“Together, we continue to make Hillsborough County a safer place,” Gee said in the news release. “We can all be proud of what we have accomplished in the past nine years. I look forward to even more reductions in crime in the years to come.”
The number of crime victims fell from 18,086 in 2014 to 17,552 in 2016, according to the release. With 905,007 residents in unincorporated Hillsborough County, that equals 19.4 victims of crime per 1,000 residents, compared to 20.4 in 2014.