08-23-10 Latest Crime Stats Show Further Decreases; Vehicle
Burgalries are the Notable Exception
Boise, August 23rd, 2010 - Boise Police have just released the
city's first-half 2010 crime statistics. Overall the stats show a
4.3% decrease in major crimes (Group A top eight IBR crimes ), and
an 6.8% decrease in other crimes (Part 2/Group A IBR and Group B
"I'm pleased with the report overall, but it does still show
areas where we can work with community partners, including business
and neighborhood groups, to decrease opportunities for crime and
make people safer," said Boise Chief of Police Michael
"When we look at the trends over the past five years, we're
seeing the decrease in crime is indeed a long term trend.
Decreasing crime is also a national trend. But what we see in Boise
is citizens taking responsibility for their neighborhood safety,
working together as a business or residential community, and
working with their police department to keep and even improve this
tremendous quality of life we all enjoy in Boise, and throughout
the Treasure Valley."
For the complete statistical crime report for Boise City, go to
Burglary: Both business and residential burglaries have
decreased significantly in 2010, continuing a downward trend.
Robbery: Robberies are down 22% in 2010 over the same time last
year. A decrease in business robberies leads the trend which has
stayed steadily lower since a spike in 2006.
Rape: Reported rape cases are up so far in 2010 compared to the
same time in 2009, although reports are consistent and somewhat
lower than trends over the past five years. The 2010 reports have
been analyzed and no patterns are occurring. Most of the reported
incidents involve a suspect who is known to the victim.
Motor Vehicle Thefts (theft of the entire vehicle): Motor
vehicle theft continues a downward slide, reflecting a national
trend that in Boise, has meant a significant decrease in vehicle
thefts in recent years.
Graffiti: Reports of graffiti are showing a decrease throughout
the city after several years of increasing numbers. A process
implemented in October, 2008
has greatly improved the tracking, investigations and follow up on
reported graffiti cases. However, graffiti continues to be a
frequent complaint of citizens as incidents affect property values
and perceptions of safety.
Thefts from Vehicles (theft of items from inside the vehicle):
Vehicle burglaries are up and reflect a pattern being seen in all
areas of the city and elsewhere in the valley. Boise PD crime
analysts and detectives are working together to identify patterns
Preventing Theft from Vehicles: Officers want to stress the old
adage: Lock it or lose it! Detectives say the vast majority of
items stolen are taken from unlocked vehicles, or the suspect
forced entry into the vehicle to steal an item of value, like a lap
top or purse, that was left in plain sight.
One property crime detective who recently interviewed a suspect in
several car burglaries says the young man reports walking down the
street and trying car door handles; the ones that opened he would
Other suspects are targeting cars left in large parking lots, like
theatres or retail outlets. Again, car burglary suspects, when
caught, tell officers look for "easy pickings", or vehicles that
are left unlocked or items left visible and unsecured inside.
Neighborhood Watch: Neighbors watching out for neighbors is
often the best way to prevent crimes. Alert neighbors are also
often responsible for calling police when they see something
suspicious, resulting in the arrest of criminal suspects.
To learn more about Neighborhood watch, or to start a program in
your neighborhood, log onto the Crime Prention link at
www.boisepolice.org, or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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