Published: Feb 20, 2013 4:22 PM EST
Updated: Feb 20, 2013 6:01 PM EST

COLLIER COUNTY, Fla. - "We've really seen very little crime here," said Fred Lange.

And officials with the Collier County Sheriff's Office hope it stays that way.

"This is a big drop, we're excited to report that are numbers are down this year," said Krista Williamson.

Krista Williamson with the Sheriff's Office said the crime rate's decrease is the biggest since 2004. And they have residents to thank.

"The biggest credit we can give is to our community partnerships. We really try hard to partner with the community businesses and individual and have them help us with crime reporting," said Williamson.

Like using the department's online crime reporting page. It allows anyone to report a crime, all you need is an internet connection.

"It keeps our deputies free to be out their patrolling the streets, keeping an eye on our neighborhoods," said Williamson.

Collier resident Fred Lange said it's a tool he would use.

"I could probably do that online, I've got my iPhone so it makes it pretty easy," said Lange.

Williamson said that technology and the department's social media pages play a part in keeping crime down.

"The social media impact that we have is with people who are too busy to stop, or they don't watch the news or necessarily read the newspaper in the morning, they're on the go constantly, but they are keeping in touch with social media, so I think we're reaching an audience that we wouldnt otherwise reach."