Boynton Beach sees 11 percent increase in crime in 2016 from 2015

Boynton Beach Police Department Sgt. Hap Crowell checks an empty car parked on a roadway on Saturday, April 9, 2016. The driver returned to the vehicle after fishing in a nearby canal. (Thomas Cordy / The Palm Beach Post)

Boynton Beach saw a 11.2 percent increase in crime in 2016 over 2015, according to statistics released this past week from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. That comes after a 12.3 percent increase in 2015 from 2014.

The city in 2016 saw 1 murder, 3 rapes, 167 robberies, 324 aggravated assault, 566 burglaries, 2,752 larcenies and 254 motor vehicle thefts.

Florida Department of Law Enforcement statistics for 2016.

In 2015, there were 8 murders, 4 rapes, 153 robberies, 340 aggravated assaults, 512 burglaries, 2,442 larcenies and 198 motor vehicle thefts.

The city saw increases in 2016 of robberies, burglaries, larcenies and motor vehicle thefts. Decreases were seen in murders and aggravated assaults.

Palm Beach County saw a slight increase in crime, while the state reported the lowest number of cases in 46 years.

The increase in crime in 2016 was seen in other south-county cities. Delray Beach saw a 12.8 percent increase. Boca Raton saw a 13 percent increase.