The Boise PD has provided us with their ANNUAL REPORT presentation to the mayor and council touting the drop in crime and a generally positive report.
Any way you cut it, Chief Mike Masterson and his troops can be proud of 37% less crime.
As the GUARDIAN is wont to do (for you non-library types that is “in the habit of”), we look at things from little a different perspective. The most glaring conclusion is that 79% of all crime goes unsolved!
Here are some random musings we gleaned from the report:
–Boise people like to kill each other more each year–the murder rate has jumped along with domestic violence. No stats available for the number of happy families.
–Cops work harder on these crimes of violence, solving about 89% of the murders and more than 58% of major assaults.
–With 92% of all burglaries UNSOLVED, that means there are a lot of crooks out there who have little fear of getting caught.
–There are about 30% more cops than 10 years ago.
–Boise City limits have expanded the equivalent of a mile wide strip from Boise to
Caldwell…about 18 square miles.
–Downtown crime prevention efforts working with bar owners and other businesses have paid off.
–On the down side, MOST of downtown is either in an urban renewal district, a park, BSU campus, hospital campus, or city-county-state complex. Very little tax revenue generated to pay for the intense police services…the rest of us make up the difference.
Masterson concedes that burglaries and other “crimes against property” are low priority. He feels businesses and property owners need to be proactive in protecting their possessions. Locking doors, increased exterior lighting, alarm technology all play a role in stopping thieves.
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