02-16-10 2009 Crime Report - Decreases seen in most
Boise, Feb 16, 2010 - Boise Chief of Police Michael Masterson
will present the city's 2009 Statistical Crime Report to Mayor
Bieter and the Boise City Council today.
The Chief will announce:
- 2.6% drop in major crimes for Boise in 2009,
* 19.5% drop in reported
* 6% drop in burglaries,
* 2.4% drop in thefts
* 9.6% drop in car thefts.
- More minor crimes, known as Part 2 Group A
offenses, like sexual assault, possession of pornography or obscene
material, embezzlement and vandalism saw a larger decrease of
8.5%in 2009 over the previous year.
- Other crimes categorized as Group B crimes,
including bad checks, public drunkenness, curfew and loitering
violations, non-violent family offenses, runaways and liquor law
violations saw the biggest decrease in 2009 of 11.9%.
"This report reflects the highest quality of
services delivered daily by department employees, both sworn and
non-sworn, a continuation of the professional response citizens
have come to expect and depend on, and results that only come
thanks to years of cooperative efforts between citizens of this
community and its police department," said Chief Masterson in a
letter to the City Council presenting the statistical report.
Chief Masterson has presented crime analysis
reports to the Mayor and Council on a quarterly basis since
becoming Boise Police Chief in January of 2005. Chief Masterson
presents the reports as his business performance summary for the
Boise Police Department. The updated quarterly reports are also
posted for the community on the Boise Police web site,
Chief Masterson says he is proud to present
the latest crime statistics that reflect a continued cooperation
between citizens and officers, and continued professionalism from
police department employees. But the Chief does note areas of
"Sadly, we are still seeing slight increases
in some areas of domestic violence," said Chief Masterson.
"Domestic Violence is a crime that often repeats itself, creating
cycles of abuse in families. In Boise, the silver lining is the
commitment of several dedicated agencies, led by individuals
dedicated to reversing this crime trend."
The Chief also notes crime trends where
explanations can be elusive in a city like Boise, where actual
crime numbers are relatively very low. Notably, sexual assault and
rape are down dramatically from prior years. However Chief
Masterson says the reason for the drop isn't readily apparent.
Regarding the drop in rape and sexual assault reports, Chief
Masterson said, "I have asked members from various law enforcement
agencies, education, courts, prosecutors and community resource
groups to convene in late March to review, analyze and discuss
these findings to see if the trend can be linked to outreach or
other program effectiveness."
Commercial Robberies also increased slightly
to 20 reports in 2009, up from 14 in 2008, a 43% increase. Chief
Masterson says Boise Police Crime Prevention experts are ready to
assist businesses with security surveys and other steps businesses
can take to prevent crime. Several business robberies were
connected, including a spree of hotel-motel robberies early in the
year. That suspect was captured and arrested and no similar crimes
have occurred since (The increase in business robberies does NOT
include bank robberies, which saw a slight decrease last year).
One notable omission from the regular police
performance summary are injury traffic crashes. Chief Masterson
says his goal is to include those statistics in future reports to
target problem areas or behavior for increased public education and
traffic law enforcement.
For complete 2009 Boise City Crime, Calls for Service and Arrest
report, go to:
Further notes on Boise's 2009 Crime Stats:
- Reported rape, burglary, theft categories reflect the larges 5
- Majority of business robberies do not share commonalities and
are sporatic in times and locations of occurrences - meaning there
is often no noticeable connection between them. Time of year also
does not appear to be a factor.
- Assault/Battery continue to decline over the 5 year
- Fraud has also slowed.
- Embezzlement recently decreased after four years of increased
- Both Vandalism and Graffiti decreased in 2009. The graffiti
tracking and abatement program initiated in 2008 may be influential
in the two-year graffiti decrease (see news release at
www.boisepolice.org Oct. 1, 2008).
- Group B crimes are the lowest in 5 years.
- The Boise City Public Intoxication Ordinance went into affect
Oct. 1, 2006, thus reflecting a sudden increase in drunkenness in
2007. The numbers have since stabilized.
Boise statistics will be forwarded to
Idaho State Police and the FBI who will present regional crime
comparission data later this year.
2009 Clearance rate 47.7%
Clearance = Those cases which have been cleared by an arrest, a
summons issued, or by exceptional means when some element beyond
law enforcement control precludes a physical arrest. Those cases
with an outstanding warrant - though solved - are not included in
the clearance rate. 2008 Clearance rate = 53.8%
2009 Top 10 Public Initiated Calls:
Reckless Driver ATL...2001
Drunk Driver ATL…...1773
Welfare Ck/911 hang up…1423
2009 Top 5 Traffic Infractions:
Failure to Register Annually
Stop Sign/Yield Violations
2009 Top 5 Misdemeanors:
Alcohol Violations (not DUI)
Driving Under the Influence (DUI)
Driving Without Privileges
Drivers License Violations (don't have one, faulty info,