Crime in Punta Gorda Lowest in 10 Years
Punta Gorda police say that as of mid-year, the total reported crime in the community is at its lowest point int he past decade. Major crimes are down nearly 14-percent compared to last year, according to police department statistics. Violent crime is down a whopping 63-percent, while non-violent crime is down 11-percent, to its lowest level in the past 10 years. Burglaries in the City of Punta Gorda also hit a 10 year low, while other thefts were down nearly 11-percent. Punta Gorda Police Chief Butch Arenal credits the ongoing reduction in crime to a community-oriented approach.
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