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What is the crime rate in Jacksonville?

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From Alex in Jacksonville, FL:

I'm writing a research paper for my criminal justice class. I'm having trouble finding solid information about Jacksonville's crime rate. What is the true crime rate in Jacksonville?

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Data regarding crime statistics can be conflicting, confusing and misleading. Considering there are no universal standards, there is no "true crime rate." Jacksonville's crime index is 496.1, above the U.S. average of 319.2, according to City-Data.com's index scoring system.

CLRSearch.com lists Jacksonville's overall crime index at 157, with 100 being the US Average. The overall crime index in Florida is 98, slightly below the national average. What's the most troubling about Jacksonville's crime rate is the murder rate. For 11 years, Duval County has been the "murder capital of Florida," according to the Florida Times-Union.

During 2010, there were 99 murders reported in Duval County. Although this number is high, it's much better than previous years.

In 2007, there were 152 reported murders in Duval County; in 2008, there were 144.

Other trouble spots in Jacksonville's crime rate include the larceny risk (theft) and burglary risk, which stand at 160 and 146, respectively.

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