Crime continues to climb in Boca Raton, bucking state trends


BOCA RATON — Crime, mostly non-violent, is on the rise in Boca Raton, recent statistics from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement reveal.

There was an 8 percent increase in crime between January and June of this year, compared to the same time last year, according to a semi-annual report released Tuesday. This follows a double-digit percent increase in crimes reported last year.

A majority of the crimes reported were non-violent larcenies, burglaries and vehicle thefts.

Boca Raton Police declined to comment on the report.

Police did offer a tip to deter car break-ins, which appear to be on the rise in Boca.

“We encourage residents to remove their key fob from their vehicle and lock the doors,” said Jessica Desir, police spokeswoman. She did not comment further.

Neighboring cities of Delray Beach and Boynton Beach both saw slight decreases in crimes reported. Deerfield Beach, a Broward County city just south of Boca, saw a 20 percent increase.

The rise in Boca Raton crimes counters a statewide decrease. Florida’s crime volume dropped 2 percent, or roughly 6,300 crimes, in the first six months of the year, the report shows.

Here is the breakdown of crimes reported in Boca Raton through June:

  • 1 murder
  • 14 rapes
  • 34 robberies
  • 62 aggravated assaults
  • 220 burglaries
  • 1,000 larcenies 
  • 102 motor vehicle thefts


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