Report: Tallahassee one of the worst cities in U.S. for property crime - Florida Politics

Report: Tallahassee one of the worst cities in U.S. for property crime

A new report based on FBI data lists Tallahassee as the tenth worst city in the country when it comes to property crime rates.

The FBI defines property crime as burglary, larceny, and motor vehicle theft, however the report excluded vehicle related crimes in preparing its report. With those out of the mix, it found 52 property crimes per 1,000 residents in Florida’s capital city.

The only other Florida city on the list is Fort Lauderdale, which placed eighth.

The report states that most of the cities on its bottom-10 list “at least aren’t violent,” however that may not be the case for Tallahassee, which last year earned the dubious distinction of “most dangerous city in Florida” based on the FBI violent crime data for 2015.

That report showed Tallahassee had 767 violent crimes for every 100,000 residents in 2015, far more than in any of Florida’s 21 other metro areas observed by the FBI.

Like last year, Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum is likely feeling nonplussed about his city’s standings. Though at least his campaign already has a template for when Tally earns such distinctions.

As his spox said last year: “People expect that communities will have challenges – what they care about is how you address them, and the Mayor’s taken public safety very seriously.”

Whether Gillum will do anything address this new challenge is yet to be seen.

Drew Wilson covers legislative campaigns and fundraising for Florida Politics. He is a former editor at The Independent Florida Alligator and business correspondent at The Hollywood Reporter. Wilson, a University of Florida alumnus, covered the state economy and Legislature for LobbyTools and The Florida Current prior to joining Florida Politics.


  1. This explains why the Mayor spends so much time away in safe havens like New York City, Costa Rica and Qatar.

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