Although Daytona Beach’s population grew more than 19% over the last decade, overall crime decreased by nearly 44% when comparing statistics from 2011 to 2021. Stats include person crimes, also known as violent crimes — murder, rape, robbery and aggravated assault — along with property crimes of burglary, larceny theft and motor vehicle theft.
Preliminary end-of-year crime statistics released by the Daytona Beach Police Department show all-time lows in several categories, including auto thefts and rapes.
Proactive policing strategies, enhanced technology and better allocation of resources have contributed to the significant and steady decrease in crime
“Of course, these significant reductions could not be possible without the hard work and commitment of the men and women in this department in conjunction with the support of our elected officials and outside law enforcement partners,” added Police Chief Jakari Young.
In 2021, there were 6,483 arrests and 145,820 calls for service. According to Chief Young, recruitment of new officers remains a top priority. There are currently 25 budgeted vacancies within the department. Last year, recruiting efforts yielded 316 applications, which resulted in 29 new hires.