• Duval ranks second worst in state when it comes to solving crimes

    By: Christy Turner , Action News Jax

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    Duval County is the second to worst county in the state when it comes to solving crimes, according to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. 

    The clearance rate — which refers to the percentage of crimes solved by police— was 17.1% in Duval County between January and June. 

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    That’s below the state average of 20%. 

    The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office had a 17% clearance rate, which is down from 17.2% the previous year. 

    The report said overall, crime in Duval County is down 0.9%. However, there was a 5.6% increase in murders, while rapes were up 5.6% and there was a 5% increase in auto thefts.

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    For comparison, in Hillsborough County, which covers Tampa, the clearance rate is 34%. In Orange County, it’s 22.4%. Miami-Dade, at 16.2%, was the only county that ranked worse than Duval County.. 

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