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Overall crime in Daytona Beach has been on a downward path in the last decade. According to the recently released preliminary reports for 2020 from the police department, the trajectory continues to trend down. Most notably, auto thefts, burglaries, larcenies and robberies saw significant decreases. While there was a historic low in incidences of overall crime, there were upticks in gun violence and in the number of persons shot.
Part One Crime, which includes crimes against persons and property crime categories, was down 21% when compared to the previous year. Crimes against persons – aggravated assault, homicide, rape and robbery – were down 8.7%. Property crime, which makes up nearly 75% of all Part One Crime, includes auto thefts, burglaries and larcenies, was down 24.3%.
Chief Jakari Young said the pandemic likely played a significant role in the reduction of crime, particularly in the late spring when more people were home during lockdowns, retail stores and bars were closed and less visitors traveled to the Daytona Beach area.
In a report from the National Commission on COVID-19 and Criminal Justice, which is a nonpartisan criminal justice think tank, the commission analyzed crime statistics from 28 cities across the country from January through October. Similar to Daytona Beach’s stats, the commission found that residential burglaries and larcenies fell while gun violence and domestic violence offenses increased during the pandemic.