The Shocking Truth About Violent Crime in Citrus County, FL

Citrus County Crime Rate Might Surprise You. Time to Get a Concealed Carry Permit.

What happens if the police don’t get there in time?

We don’t mean to scare you, but here in Citrus County alone, the statistics for violent crime indicate that our fair county is not free from the threats of violent criminals.

Although in comparison to the total county population the number of reported violent crime is less than 1% of the population, the numbers are still definitive.

Citrus County Violent Crime – Over 536 Violent Crimes Between 2010 and 2011!

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement has published crime reports from 1995-2011 that indicate violent crimes in our county. Violent crime mentioned on this list includes:

  •  Murder
  • Forcible sex offenses
  • Robbery
  • Aggravated assault

Between 1995 and 2011 there have been as many as 536 combined reported incidences of violent crime in Citrus County alone. The peak occurred just three years ago in 2009 at 536 but the total violent crime index of the last year of reporting (2011) is not that far behind at 442.

Make Criminals Fear You with a CCW

In a study concerning criminals encountering armed resistance, some 2,000 felons incarcerated in state prisons across the United States provided information as to why they stopped their violent assaults.

Here’s why felons stopped their violent assaults:

  • 34% of felons were scared off, shot at, wounded, or captured by an armed victim
  • Even if they weren’t one of the 34% that weren’t directly hurt,  69%  knew at least one other criminal who had also experienced the above
  • Another 34% of felons often thought during the planning of a crime that they either “often” or “regularly” worried that they “might get shot at by the victim”
  • 57% of felons agreed with the above statements and statistics

Citrus County Residents Were Victim to Violent Crime More Than You Think!

Here are the facts from Citrus County:

  • 5 murders
  • 65 forcible sex offenses
  • 69 robberies
  • 303 counts of aggravated assault

The fact that a large percentage of incidents are not reported and these numbers can be even higher.

Also, take the research that indicates that robbery victims who used guns in self-protection were significantly less likely to either be injured or lose their property than victims who used any other form of self-protection or who did nothing to resist and you may consider armed self-defense as your best protection.

To learn more about what you can do to defend your family, contact us today for information on a Citrus County concealed weapons permit class.


  1. We have been aggressively looking at homes in Crystal River for our retirement. These statics have forced us to rethink our plans. We can fish and swim in a safer community.

  2. I have been a Deputy Sheriff in Broward County 27 yrs. Multiple robberies, battery, assaults,burglaries,thefts per day per population in just the city I work, not including the entire county. Citrus County is very safe but one should always be prepared. There is garbage everywhere. Citrus County is where I plan to retire.

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