Published: Jul 29, 2011 5:14 PM EDT
Updated: Jul 29, 2011 4:14 PM EDT

CAPE CORAL, Fla.- The Cape Coral Police Department is releasing their mid-year 2011 Uniform Crime Reporting statistics.

The only area showing an increase is theft, which reflects an increase by 8 percent. This is due in large part to a spike in metal theft and shoplifting complaints. At the same time, burglaries have decreased by 1 percent.

More importantly, violent crime is down 18 percent for the first half of the year. This includes sex-offenses, robberies, assaults, etc.

The overall numbers netted a 6 percent increase in crime.

“The Cape Coral Police Department is pleased to see the double digit drop in violent crime. Our partnership with our community coupled with our policing efforts is paying dividends in that arena. With the formation of a multi-agency task force to combat the theft and dealing of metal beginning to show promise, we believe that those numbers will be positively impacted across Southwest Florida," said Lieutenant Tony Sizemore.