ISP Releases 2013 Crime Report


By DeSiree Fawn

Jerome, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KSVT-TV ) - The crime report is in for 2013 in the Gem State.

ISP's Bureau of Criminal Identification released their annual report.

The local district captain has been working with ISP for 28 years. Captain Robert Storm said that citizens should be aware there are pockets in Idaho with higher crime rates. The report allows citizens and governments to figure out what they can do to improve.

Overall, it shows that crime is down. There was a decrease in violent crimes, hate crimes, and sex crimes. According to the report, Idaho's violent crime rate is 45th in the nation. One offense however is up.

"We actively pursue drug violation and with other states legalizing marijuana, we see a number of people thinking that it's legal for them to possess it in Idaho and in fact, it is not,” said Captain Robert Storm, ISP.

The report states that crimes against society increased more than 9 percent from last year with over 17,000 crimes reported. Drug violations account for more than 93 percent of those crimes.

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