(July 26, 2017) - The Cape Coral crime rate dropped -3.2% in 2016, maintaining Cape Coral as the #2 safest city in Florida overall and the #1 safest for violent crime, based on FDLE statistics in 2016.

Raw Numbers

According to the official statistics provided by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) in 2016, Cape Coral experienced an increase of violent crimes of 12%. The increase came as a result of violent crime incidents rising from 200 total incidents in 2015 to 224 total incidents in 2016.

Non-violent crime was on the decline last year. Non-violent crimes dropped from 3,136 incidents in 2015 to 3,081 in 2016, dropping by 1.8%.

Total crime incidents including violent crime and property crimes decreased year over year from 3,336 to 3,305, or a decrease of 0.9%.

Crime Rate

The "Index Crime Rate" is calculated for the number of Part I crimes per 100,000 residents.  Part I Crimes include: Murder, Sex Offenses, Aggravated Assault, Robbery, Burglary, Larceny, and Motor Vehicle Thefts. 

The Index Crime Rate for Cape Coral dropped from 2003.5 in 2015 to 1938.7 in 2016, a decrease of 3.2%.

"While there are always societal factors that are beyond our control, we are pleased to see a decrease in non-violent crime for 2016. Despite an increase in violent crimes for 2016 of 24 total incidents, Cape Coral remains down in violent crime 6.7% over the last 2 years, and remains the #1 safest city in the state of Florida for violent crime relative to its population, and the #2 safest city overall. I'm proud of our Officers, Detectives, Forensics, Telecommunications, civilian support personnel, and Police Volunteers for their hard work to keep crime low and to make Cape Coral a safe place to live. Our partnership with our citizens is an enormous help toward this goal, and we will continue to work with the community to improve in 2017." - Dave Newlan, Chief of Police.

CAPE CORAL POLICE DEPARTMENT | Public Affairs Office | 1100 Cultural Park Boulevard | Cape Coral, FL 33990 | (239) 242-3341