Florida's crime rate is going down.


The Uniform Crime Report shows the rate dropping 4.7 percent compared to 2012, putting Florida at a 43-year crime low.


The report shows the number of violent crimes is down 2.4 percent.


Murder is down 3.9 percent, forcible sex offenses and robbery each declined 2.8 percent and aggravated assault is down 2.1 percent.


Governor Rick Scott says even while Florida’s population grows, the total number of crimes continues to drop, which is a testament to our brave men and women who serve in our communities each and every day.


He says our lower crime rate means that not only are our families and communities safer, but Florida is in a better position to create more opportunities for Floridians.


He says he is grateful to all of the public servants who work tirelessly to make our communities safer.


The complete 2013 Annual Uniform Crime Report, including county-by-county breakdowns, can be found on FDLE’s website at www.fdle.state.fl.us/fsac/ucr/.