Published: Jan 23, 2012 4:28 PM EST

CAPE CORAL, Fla.- The Cape Coral Police Department has released Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) statistics for 2011. The department saw a drop of violent crimes of 13.8 percent; the biggest drop was in the area of robberies, sex offenses and aggravated batteries.

Non-violent crime rose slightly by 5.9 percent, however burglaries are down 5.2 percent. The rise in total non-violent crime can be attributed to an increase in thefts reported. The largest increase was larceny, which includes shoplifting complaints, bicycle thefts as well as theft of property from residences committed by known persons.

The Cape Coral Police Department’s case clearance rate also improved, meaning officers and detectives are clearing a higher percentage of cases.

“We are encouraged by the decrease in violent crime. Although there was an increase in thefts, the department is pleased with an improved case clearance rate over an already strong percentage,” said Lieutenant Tony Sizemore.