The crime rate in Tampa is much higher than the national average across all cities in America, from the largest to the smallest, while it is not among the communities with the highest crime rate, with 22 crimes per thousand population.
The vast majority of crimes in Tampa are not serious offenses such as murder or rape; instead they involve property crimes such as burglary or theft or violations such as driving under the influence. These types of crimes make up more than 90 percent of all incidents reported to police.
Only a small fraction of crimes result in prosecution because most cases do not reach trial or result in conviction. For example, only about 1 in 10 burglaries results in arrest. The reason why so many crimes go unreported is that many people living in Tampa's neighborhoods feel unsafe if they call police for help. This is especially true for individuals who are homeless or drug addicts who may fear further repercussions if caught by officers.
Crime rates vary greatly between different parts of Tampa. Downtown and the surrounding area is one of the most dangerous places in Florida, with estimates of nearly 100 murders per year. Other urban centers such as Hawthorne, Palm River-Clairmont, and Spring Hill have crime rates that are also high, around 20 murders each.
Pensacola has one of the highest crime rates in America, with a crime rate of 44 per thousand population, when compared to all communities of all sizes—from the tiniest villages to the very largest metropolis.
In fact, the crime rate in Pensacola is about 80% higher than that of Virginia Beach, Va., which has the lowest crime rate in its state.
The overall crime rate in Pensacola is about the same as that of Baltimore, Md., which has a population of approximately 600,000 people.
Crime in Pensacola tends to be concentrated in a few areas. Approximately 75% of crimes occur within city limits, and about 22% of the city is made up of critical public safety zones, such as jails and prisons.
About 7% of the city's land area is occupied by parks, playgrounds, and other forms of public recreation. The remaining 1% is covered by water.
Crime in Florida is generally less severe than in many other states. There were an estimated 1 million burglaries in Florida in 2005, for example, which is about 16 per 100 people.
Tallahassee has one of the highest crime rates in America, with a crime rate of 50 per thousand citizens, when compared to all communities of all sizes—from the tiniest villages to the very largest metropolis. The likelihood of being a victim of either violent or property crime in this area is one in twenty.
There are several factors that may lead to a higher crime rate in Tallahassee than other cities its size. First, there is a large university community that can be both a benefit and a curse. Students tend to be young and mobile, which can make them more likely to fall into criminal behavior. However, they are also more likely to report crimes committed against them. The college town environment also means there are many parties where alcohol is served without licenses, which can lead to increased violence. Finally, Tallahassee is known for its political climate, which includes a long history of racial tension and fights over segregation that continue today. These issues often result in police officers taking a stand against racism by doing things like breaking up street fights or making traffic stops.
Tallahassee has implemented programs aimed at reducing crime. The Florida Department of Corrections provides training to state prison staff, which allows them to identify potential criminals who may not have been caught through normal procedures. This could include people who are addicted to drugs or have mental illnesses that make it difficult for them to comply with court orders or follow social norms.
With a crime rate of 10 per 1,000 people for both violent and property crime combined, Port St. Lucie has one of the lowest rates in America among cities of all sizes (lower than 60 percent of America's localities). In Port St. Lucie, the chances of becoming a victim of a crime are one in 101. The national average is one in 103.
The most common crimes in Port St. Lucie are auto theft and burglary. According to the FBI, these were also the only two types of crimes that more people were arrested for in 2015 than in any other year since records have been kept.
There have been no murders in Port St. Lucie this year. This is not surprising given the city's small population. There was one murder in Port St. Lucie in 2014 but it was so rare that it barely makes a blip on the city's crime statistics. On average, there is now one murder per 100,000 people in Port St. Lucie. This is much lower than the national average of 3.6 murders per 100,000 people.
Drug offenses make up a large portion of arrests in Port St. Lucie. There were nearly 70 drug arrests for every homicide arrest in 2015. This is more than twice as many as the next highest category of crime, which is sexual assault.
Port St. Lucie has a strong economy based on tourism and military spending.
Tampa's high crime regions
The 2018 crime rate in St. Petersburg, FL was 624.2 per 100,000 people, a 10.64 percent decrease from 2017. In 2017, the crime rate in St. Petersburg, FL was 698.49 per 100,000 people, a 4.96 percent increase over 2016. St. Petersburg has a lower crime rate than 95.3 percent of the cities in Florida and a higher crime rate than 2.4 percent of U.S. cities.
Here are the other Florida cities with a lower crime rate: Lakeland (684.9), West Palm Beach (716.1), Tampa (736.9). And here are the others with a higher crime rate: Miami (Miamia), Orlando (837.5).
Crime rates fluctuate from year to year and location to location. They can also be affected by many other factors such as the number of police officers on duty, their training, equipment, intelligence-gathering techniques, and more.
Crime statistics are collected at the city, county, state, and national levels. Crime data is available for download at the FBI's website. The latest data available at time of publication was 2014.
In conclusion, St. Petersburg has a lower crime rate than most other cities in Florida and a higher crime rate than few other cities.