City of Naples crime up 13 percent for first half of year

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— A spike in aggravated assaults and a rise in larcenies has pushed crime up 13 percent in the city of Naples through the first six months of 2011, according to data released Wednesday.

The number of Part I crimes as classified by the FBI rose from 336 in the first half of 2010 to 380 this year, Naples Police said. Part I crimes include murder, sexual assault, aggravated assault, robbery, larceny, burglary and motor vehicle theft.

Aggravated assaults more than quadrupled compared to 2010, jumping from six to 25. Larcenies rose from 274 to 293 in 2011, burglaries were up from 44 to 48 and motor vehicle thefts doubled from five to 10.

There were no murders, one sexual assault and three robberies reported in Naples between January and June of this year. In 2010, Naples had one murder, two sexual assaults and four robberies reported in the same time period.

The number of Part I crimes through the first half of 2011 also rose for the Collier (5.9 percent) and Lee (1.5 percent) county sheriff's offices.

Law enforcement agencies across the country submit crime data, or Uniform Crime Reports, to the FBI each year. The data does not include unreported crimes.

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