2019 Crime Rate Statistics

The crime rate in Okeechobee County has shown a considerable decrease in the first six months of 2019.

Violent offenses, which include murder, rape, robbery and aggravated assaults, dropped a total of 14.3%. Burglaries, larcenies and motor vehicle thefts, all property offenses, decreased by a total of 30.5%. The amount of total recovered property increased to over 62%.

This crime information is compiled and submitted to the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Uniform Crime Report system (UCR). The system gives a report outlining the past six months broken in two parts. Part one is serious crimes and part two includes crimes of lesser criminal offenses.

In addition, the Okeechobee County Jail had a total of (973) arrests. Of those arrests, (723) were male, (250) were female and (104) were juveniles. This resulted in a 9.6% increase in the inmate population.

Records show the sheriff’s office responded to a total of 16,347 service calls during this time.

The continuing decline in crime can be contributed to the dedication of the sheriff’s office staff.

Sheriff Noel E. Stephen stated, “I’m very proud of my men and women’s hard work for our Community. It is reflected in the reduced incidents but our arrests are increasing. This is a result of being able to stay up with the criminals and catching them before the thefts and burglaries are occurring. I hope to continue receiving the support from our County Commission, Prosecutors and Judges to be able to keep up with crime and retain my excellent staff in the future.

Michele Bell, PIO