Boca Raton sees double-digit percent crime increase in 2016

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BOCA RATON – There was a 13 percent increase in violent and non-violent crimes in Boca Raton last year, according to data released by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement on Thursday.

Aside from rapes, which decreased between 2015 and 2016, and murder, which remained steady at just one per year, all violent and non-violent crimes in Boca increased slightly.

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There were 2,734 reported crimes, largely non-violent, such as motor vehicle theft, larceny and burglary.

Boca Raton Police cleared 29.4 percent of the criminal cases, one of the highest clearance rates among Palm Beach County’s largest cities, according to the data.

That increase in crime was also seen in neighboring cities Delray Beach and Boynton Beach, although Boca’s overall crime rate is the lowest of the three.

Crime also rose slightly in Palm Beach County, while statewide cases are at the lowest level in 46 years.

There were large Palm Beach County municipalities that reported decreases in crime last year, including Lake Worth, Riviera Beach, Palm Beach Gardens, Royal Palm Beach and Wellington.

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