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Cape Coral Second Safest City in 2008

From the News-Press, May 6 2009

Cape Coral residents were generally safer in 2008 than in 2007, according to state statistics.

Major crimes – murder, rape, robbery, burglary, larceny and motor vehicle theft – declined by 9 percent in Cape Coral, according to statistics compiled by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. Cape was second safest among Florida cities with a population of over 150,000, behind only Port St. Lucie. The city’s population was 164,523 in 2007 and 165,774 in 2008, according to FDLE.

These statistics reflect a similar drop in major crime countywide that has already been reported. Major crime in unincorporated Lee County dropped 7 percent and 3 percent in Fort Myers in 2008, according to FDLE statistics.

Cape Coral Police Chief Robert Petrovich said he was pleased with the statistics released Tuesday by his agency.

“Being able to effect a decrease in overall crime this past year is positive news for our residents and demonstrates our commitment to working together as a community,” Petrovich said.

The chief attributed the decrease to more proactive policing.

“We’ve studied statistics to determine crime trends and where crimes are occurring,” Petrovich said.

Then special patrols are often assigned to those neighborhoods, he said.

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