Crime Rate and Clearances

Occasionally, I get asked how safe we are in unincorporated Hernando County. I am happy to report that in 2018, the Crime Rate was at the lowest it has been in at least 20 years.

Just as important, the Clearance Rates (percentage of those crimes we solve) are the highest they have been in 20 years!!!

Feel free to take a look for yourself at FDLE’s (Florida Department of Law Enforcement) Data and Stats page. They have years of crime statistics for every agency in the state (Crime rates and clearances are in last two columns - be sure to scroll down to the stats for the Hernando County Sheriff's Office).

Here is a link that will provide more information:

As always, if you have any questions or concerns, feel free to email the campaign at


Sheriff Al Nienhuis