How Safe Are We in East Central Florida?

Headline Surfer video /

By HENRY FREDERICK
Headline Surfer

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Never in his wildest dreams did Sanford Mayor Jeff Triplett ever dream he'd make national headlines of his own 3 1/2 years after a jury in Seminole County acquitted George Zimmerman of second-degree murder in the 2012 shooting death of unarmed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.

But that's exactly what happened when Sanford's mayor was robbed at gunpoint of his wallet and carjacked.

"Being a victim of a crime is unnerving, yet it was reassuring to witness both speed and diligence from the Sanford Police Department," Triplett told Headline Surfer. "It is disheartening when this type of crime takes place in the City of Sanford. I encourage the community, its businesses, and the Police Department to continue to work together and stop this type of violence."

Which brings us to the question: How safe are we in East Central Florida? 

Neighborhood Scout: Daytona Beach has ranked among the Top 100 Most Dangerous Cities in the US six years in a row & as high as 20th in 2016

East Central Florida's three tourism destination cities do not fare well in the 2018 rankings of US cities with a population of at least 25,000 residents. Sanford actually comes out ahead of Orlando and Daytona Beach with a rating of 4, with 100 being the highest safety rating. Orlando has a rating of 3. Daytona has the distinction of being ranked a 1, the lowest possible ranking from Neighborhood Scout.​
 

ORLANDO: Rating of 3
 
SANFORD: Rating of 4
 
DAYTONA BEACH: Rating of 1
Here are links to the annual rankings of the Top 100 Most Dangerous Cities in the US
 
97. Sanford
40. Daytona Beach
 
89. Orlando
20. Daytona Beach*
Daytona Topped Florida rankings as the most dangerous
 
97. Orlando
28. Daytona Beach
 
99. Orlando
33. Daytona Beach•
• Daytona topped Florida as the most dangerous 
 
81. Orlando
62. Daytona Beach
 
67. Orlando
34. Daytona Beach
 
69. Orlando
39. Daytona Beach
 
And in the category of what Neighborhood Scout categorizes as the Top 30 Murder Capitals of America, Orlando is ranked at No. 20.
 

Neighborhood Scout a credible source for a wide range of crime statistics and comprehensive analysis

Here is how the search engine explains its success: Most city neighborhood crime data are incomplete and inaccurate because crimes are reported by individual law enforcement agencies, rather than by city or town, and many cities – even small ones – have more than one agency responsible for law enforcement (municipal, university, county, transit, etc.). Even FBI data are reported by an agency not by city or town, providing an incomplete assessment of city-wide crime counts. It is an agency-centric rather than locality-centric reporting method. If you use FBI data, you only get city-wide general counts, and only from one agency in the city, so it is generally incomplete for the city overall, as well as not specific to a neighborhood or address.

Headline Surfer photo, A Daytona Beach police car is parked in front of a residence where a woman was murdered and her estranged husband taken into custody on homicide charges two years ago.
Henry Frederick Picture

Short Bio

Henry Frederick is publisher of Headline Surfer®, the award-winning 24/7 internet news outlet covering the Daytona Beach-Sanford-Orlando metro area via HeadlineSurfer.com for a decade now. A longtime cops & courts reporter focused on breaking news & investigative reporting, Frederick is among the Sunshine State's most prolific daily news reporters, having amassed dozens of journalism-industry awards in print anddigital platforms. Frederick is enrolled at Full Sail University in Winter Garden, FL, where he's three-fourths through the online Master of Arts program in New Media Journalism. His graduation is in August.