Idaho Crime Rate Falling


By Andrew Reed

Twin Falls, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV ) The Idaho State Police's Bureau of Criminal Identification released their annual "Crime in Idaho" report for 2012.

The report is information from statewide crime stats gathered by law enforcement.

It's official, Idaho is a safe place to live, the overall crime rate slipped 1.5% in 2012.

Law enforcement believes the decrease in the rate of simple assaults helped offset rising violent crimes and drug cases.

"The police always want the crime rate to be lower; we're never satisfied with the crime rate. But we are very encouraged that it has dropped 9% here in Twin Falls last year. That outpaced the statewide average of 1.5% reduction in crime, we're very proud of that," said Capt. Matthew Hicks, Twin Falls Police Department.

Just 23.3% of those crimes were committed by strangers to the victims.

The crime rate in Idaho declined in the past five years.

But the number of violent crimes - murder, forcible rape, robbery and aggravated assault - increased 5.2%, statewide, there were 27 murders in 2012, that's down from 31 in 2011.

"Violent crime across the country has been trending up and as well across Idaho. That is one of the things we're keeping an eye on and continuing to monitor,” said Hicks.

Keeping an eye on statistics that ranks Idaho sixth in the nation for the lowest crime rate.

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