Sarasota County Crime Report – Statistics
Recent arrests and press releases. sarasotasheriff.org/newslist.php
Sheriff Knight has lived in Florida since 1973 when his family moved to Sarasota County from western Pennsylvania. He graduated from Venice High School in 1981, attended Manatee Junior College and later transferred to Florida State University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Criminology in 1986. Sheriff Knight and his wife Tracy have two daughters and currently reside in Nokomis. Sheriff Tom Knight is the 10th Sheriff of Sarasota County, serving since January 6, 2009. To pursue this office, he left a 20-year career with the Florida Highway Patrol where he held the position of Troop Commander, managing a seven-county region with more than 300 employees, a central communications center and a $20 million budget.
In light of the frequency of recent vehicle burglaries throughout Sarasota County, this public service announcement is created to emphasize crimes of opportunity and remind citizens of how easily they can be avoided. In 2016, the sheriff’s office responded to 892 vehicle burglaries, nearly 87% of which occurred to unlocked vehicles. As of August 2017, a total of 541 incidents have been reported and officials warn that the trend will continue so long as citizens leave their vehicles unlocked and valuables in plain sight.
911 Reports https://intwebs2ext.scgov.net/911/Events?strAgencyID=All