Published: Feb 05, 2013 11:31 AM EST

LEE COUNTY, Fla.- The Lee County Sheriff's Office announces a -12.17 percent drop in crime as compared to last year. In Uniform Crime Reports (UCR) released today, the current crime rate has dipped below 2,500, surpassing last year's rate of 2,841.

In review of the UCR data, the biggest drop for 2012 was in the category of residential burglaries with 778 fewer than last year (-24 percent). Thefts over $200 also had a significant reduction by 621 crimes (-18 percent). In the violent crime area, robberies fell 33 cases (-9 percent). The most notable increase over last year was motor vehicle theft, rising by 124 incidents. The murder category also showed an increase of 2 cases, thus totaling 17 in 2012.

Click here to view a copy of the 2012 Annual Report: http://www.sheriffleefl.org/main/index.php?r=site/showResource&id=10485.