Boise Police Department
News Release

Michael F. Masterson
Chief of Police


Contact: Lynn Hightower
Communications Director
570-6180

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

2nd Qtr 2011 Crime Stats show more Decreases

2nd Qtr 2011 Crime Stats show more Decreases

    Boise, July 26, 2011 - Overall crime in Boise continues a 6-year decline according to the newest statistics released today to Boise Mayor David Bieter and members of the Boise City Council.

    "The news is good. Overall crime is down. Some trends we are seeing are troubling, but we're continuing to work with our community partners on ways to attack those problems," said Boise Police Deputy Chief Patricia Braddock today as the 2nd quarter 2011 Boise City Statistical Crime Summary was released. 

    "This community values public safety," said Deputy Chief Braddock. "We believe our partnerships with citizens, business and neighborhood groups keeps us all involved and gives us all a stake in preserving the neighborhood safety we know our quality of life depends on."

    "Several news releases have pointed out recently the cooperation our officers get from citizens, either reporting suspicious activity that turns into an arrest, or just cooperating with officers as witnesses. We appreciate it that cooperation. The result is a safer community for all of us," said Chief Michael Masterson.  

  • Major crimes: Major crimes dropped more than 5% from the same time last year, reflecting an ongoing six-year decrease in major crimes including rape, burglary and aggravated assualt. Robberies are up slightly but remain lower than 2009 and on par with 2007 & 2008. Motor vehicle thefts are also up slightly but still reflect a dramatic decrease over the past several years. BPD crime analysts see no patterns in the slight decreases in either robbery or motor vehicle theft.
  • Group A crimes: Graffiti continues to be a problem area, with another 115% increase over the same time last year. The increase in Group A crimes is driven by the increase in graffiti.The majority of Group A crimes, including sexual assault, stalking, forgery, assault and misdemeanor battery are down. 

        About Graffiti:

    The vast majority of graffiti in Boise City is known as 'tagging'. Tagging is a signature or symbol used by a tagger or a group of taggers. Tagging is not gang graffiti. Taggers motivation is public exposure on signs, billboards, buildings, or through the media.

    Where: Most reports of graffiti come from Boise's downtown and North End areas, however, graffiti reports are taken in nearly every reporting district in the city.

    Suspects: Males age 18 - 25 years old are primary offenders. Officers say typically a small number of offenders, perhaps two dozen people are responsible for the vast majority of graffiti crimes throughout the city. One or two arrests for graffiti can decrease incidence dramatically.

    Restitution: when graffiti arrests are made, prosecutors are asking courts for restitution to assist with clean up and prevention efforts.

    Prevention: Quick reporting and removal of graffiti is proven to slow the number of incidence. Conversely, allowing graffiti to remain on a building, fence, signs, etc. often invites other taggers to vandalize nearby properties.

    Investigations: A new reporting system, established in October of 2008 has proven to be effective in helping officers track and prosecute suspects. Citizens are urged to call non-emergency dispatch, 377-6790 to report graffiti immediately, with the goal of getting the graffiti documented by police and removed within 72 hours.

  • Group B crimes: DUI, disorderly conduct, and traffic offenses are driving a 9.6% decrease in Group B crimes. Officers are seeing slight increases in liquor law violations, bad checks and trespassing, with trespassing reports coming largely from managers of vacant houses reporting intruders and demanding they be trespassed from the property.

    Other notable stats:

    Mental Holds, Overdoses, Attempted Suicides, Suicidal Subjects - these calls continue to increase in Boise. Boise Police are working with partners including Health & Welfare and NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness on prevention and police response protocols. Boise Police also continue to train officers in crisis intervention skills in an effort to increase safety for officers and citizens during these potentially volatile calls.

    Mental holds are on pace to double last year - 58 in all 2010, 55 1st half 2011

    Overdoses are on pace to equal or exceed those of last year, 214 1st half  2011, 439 in all 2010, which was the highest number of reported overdoses since prior to 2004.

    Attempted Suicides are on pace to by the highest in recent years; 61 in all 2010, 43 1st half  2011.

    Suicidal Subject calls are also on pace to be the highest in recent years; 878 in 2010, 462 1st half 2011.  

    Officer Initiated Calls for Service: up 12.2%. overall calls for Boise Police services are up 4.4%. An increase in officer initiated calls means more pro-active follow up by officers as the officers are checking themselves out on calls as compared to responding to a citizens call.

    Decrease in Code 3 Response: Average response time has increased for all calls for police service. Code 3 calls (emergency lights & sirens) has increase the most, from 3:67 minutes to 3:36 minutes.

    For the complete 2nd quarter 2011 Boise City Statistical Crime Summary, click on:

http://www.cityofboise.org/Departments/Police/CityNeighborhoodCrimeStatsAndMaps/BoiseCityStatisticalSummary-Quarter2,2011.pdf