JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- New numbers from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement show crime is going down in Duval County.
The Uniform Crime Report looked at crime in the first 6 months of 2013, and compared to the first 6 months of 2012.
In Jacksonville, the report showed a 15 percent decrease in murders, and a little more than a 6 percent decrease in aggravated assaults.
Overall, violent crimes are down 1 percent. The number of rape victims are up, the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office said that's in part because of a re-classification.
Business owners in Jacksonville are hoping the general downward trend in crime could change the way some think about the city when it comes to crime.
"Every little bit helps," said Pat Middleton. He's been selling houses in Jacksonville for more than 30 years.
Middleton said his clients ask him about being safe in Jacksonville.