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Escambia County Crime report for 2013
ESCAMBIA COUNTY -- The number of homicides and car thefts went up dramatically last year in Escambia County. But the overall crime rate went down, according to a new crime report released by the Escambia County Sheriff's Office.
There's good news and bad news in the sheriff's office crime report for 2013. Let's start with the good news.
Overall the number of violent crimes dropped by more than nine percent between 2012 and 2013. Domestic violence fell by nearly 13 percent.
Property crimes are down as well and the number cases solved has gone up by nearly three percent.
The bad news: Homicides went up by 73 percent. Motor vehicle thefts also increased dramatically. Of the 26 homicides last year in Escambia County, a dozen remain unsolved.
Sheriff David Morgan has said that's due in large part to witnesses not coming forward, despite efforts from community leaders like the Reverend Marcel Davis of the Adoration for a New Beginning Church.
"In a lot of the cases," Davis said, The people that have been committing the crime know one another. So if they know one another, they're not telling on one another. There's been a lot of back and forth. Someone has shot someone out of a certain family. Then that family go after them, then that family go back."
Sheriff Morgan has said more than 90 percent of the county's homicides were related to other crimes like use of drugs and drug transactions.
The total number of crimes, however, dropped by more than three percent.
Overall crime also dropped within the city limits of Pensacola, where the rate fell 14 percent between 2012 and 2013.