Report: Crime dips in Clermont during first half of 2018

Clermont’s policing strategies are seeing positive results. The overall number of crimes in the city dropped 4.6 percent in the first half of 2018, according to the Uniform Crime Reporting statistics for the state of Florida.

Additionally, the UCR statistics show a significant reduction in burglary, motor vehicle theft, and violent crime in Clermont, a news release states. These statistics are the standardized measure that is used across the United States to report crime within communities, states, and regions. The percentage difference is based on a comparison to the same six-month time period in 2017.

The Clermont Police Department has instituted the policing models of community policing and intelligence-led policing, along with crime prevention and awareness.

“Undoubtedly, this reduction in crime is attributed to the dedicated men and women of the Clermont Police Department and their commitment to ensuring the safety of our residents and visitors,” Police Chief Charles Broadway states in the release.

The chief also thanked community members for their partnership and commitment to the practice of “If you see something, say something.”

The UCR report, posted on the Florida Department of Law Enforcement website, also shows that Sumter County crime dropped 5 percent overall, most notably with a decline in burglaries, and the crime rate in Lake County was virtually unchanged from 2017, with a dip of 0.9 percent.

The report also shows these +/- percentages for the number of crimes reported by individual agencies during January-June 2018 over the same period in 2017 (see full details at

Lake County Sheriff’s Office, -6 percent.

Sumter County Sheriff’s Office, -8.8 percent

Eustis Police Department, -19.6 percent.

Lady Lake Police Department, -19.9 percent

Leesburg Police Department, -5.4 percent.

Mount Dora Police Department, +81.4 percent.

Tavares Police Department, -24.7 percent.

Wildwood Police Department, +8.4 percent.