MAYO — With hard work and help from the community, crime made a significant drop in the first half of 2019.

According to the semi-annual Uniform Crime Report issued by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, crime dropped 40% in Lafayette County from January to June. There were 28 crimes reported the first half of this year compared to 47 a year ago.

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“The crime rate is lower because of the hard work of the Sheriff’s Office staff and the number of arrests we have made over the last two years,” Sheriff Brian Lamb said. “It also helps when our citizens contact us when they see something suspicious.”

Lafayette County had only six aggravated assaults the first half of the year compared to the 14 that were reported in 2018. Burglaries and larcenies also dropped with just eight burglaries as compared to 14 in 2018 and larcenies fell almost in half, dropping from 17 to nine the first six months of this year.

While the overall crime rate dropped, there was a slight increase in motor vehicle thefts and rape cases after there was just one of each in the first part of 2018. In 2019, there were two rapes reported with three motor vehicle thefts.

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And while crime fell, the success of the LCSO did not. After posting a 55.3% clearance rate in 2018, the rate of solving crimes increased the first half of this year, rising to 57.1%. The state average is 25.8%.

Kara M. Compo is a reporter for the Suwannee Democrat, Jasper News and Mayo Free Press. Her beats include general assignment, government, politics, law enforcement and first responders. ​

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