Jupiter Police on patrol on Loxahatchee River (Photo/ Meghan McCarthy)
Larceny, robbery, motor vehicle thefts and aggravated assaults in the first six months of this year increased compared to the first six months of last year in Jupiter, according to statistics released by Florida Department of Law Enforcement.
“This is a wake up call. We live in a very desirable community. Jupiter is mostly non-gated. Our residents must be vigilant,” said Mayor Todd Wodraska.
Meanwhile, the number of murders, rapes, and burglaries decreased, according to the state crime statistics.
The town paid about $181,000 for the 24-foot outboard boat, Ford F-250 truck, trailer and communication equipment. Four more police officers were recently hired. The annual Jupiter police budget this year is about $20 million.
Jupiter’s 32 percent overall crime index increase this year is the third largest boost in Palm Beach County in reported crimes during the six-month period. The number of reported crimes in Jupiter increased from 561 to 741, according to the crime statistics.
The only other departments with higher percentage increases were Ocean Ridge (68 percent) and Lake Clarke Shores (55 percent).
Palm Beach Gardens, Juno Beach and Tequesta each reported about a 3 percent decrease in their overall crime index, according to the report.
Jupiter’s crime clearance rate is about 32 percent.
That is better than The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office (18 percent), Boca Raton (29 percent), Delray Beach (21 percent) Boynton Beach (27 percent)and Palm Beach Gardens (20 percent).
For the last two years, Jupiter has had decreasing crime rates.
Reported crimes in 2014 were 4.9 percent less than in 2013. That follows a 7.3 decrease in reported crimes in 2013 compared to 2012, according to statistics from the U.S. Census and Florida Dept. of Law Enforcement.
First half of 2016:
First half of 2015:
The following communities had more reported crimes than Jupiter:
Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office: (7,796)
West Palm Beach: (3,150)
Boynton Beach: (1,953)
Delray Beach: (1,591)
Boca Raton: (1,325)
Lake Worth: (1,224)
While the number of overall crimes across the state went down in the first six months of the year compared to the first six months of 2015, Palm Beach County’s crime statistics went up slightly, according to state statistics released Monday.
The county had a 3.7 percent increase in overall crimes, according to the crime report.
Statewide, there was a 3.4 percent decrease. The state saw decreases in the number of robberies, aggravated assaults, burglaries and larcenies, while murders were up by more than 15 percent, rapes were up by nearly 2 percent and motor vehicle thefts were up by more than 4 percent.