Police say the Orlando community is getting safer, as violent crime in the city dropped by 7 percent in 2013.
The Orlando Police Department released its annual year in review report Wednesday, showing overall crime citywide was down by 5 percent from 2012.
Homicides in Orlando dropped by 30 percent from 2012, but police said they did see an increase in commercial robberies and vehicle burglaries. Theft also rose by 50 percent, mostly involving cell phones being stolen in public places.
"I'll never truly brag about crime stats," said Orlando Police Chief Paul Rooney. "I know we talked about violent crime going down 7 percent, but what it shows us is that even with the increase in residences, businesses, tourist population increasing and employment, we are still able to reduce crime."
Rooney also talked about a shooting in the Parramore neighborhood, near the Amway Center early Wednesday morning. Police officers on bicycle patrol found a woman shot several times along Lime Avenue.
Police said the officers were able to respond quickly, arrest a suspect and help the victim in an efficient and timely manner. The woman was listed in serious but stable condition at Orlando Regional Medical Center.