Crime in Idaho dropping over time

On top of better training for officers and having more officers available, community outreach is of utmost importance
Published: Mar. 3, 2022 at 5:08 PM MST
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Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) — The influx of population into the state of Idaho has left many people with one question: what is it doing to crime?

Crime reports have been released annually in Idaho, but in the past, the raw data has been difficult to find. That is until Idaho State Police began releasing its crime dashboard.

“We wanted to build a resource that everybody could go to to quickly find information that’s relevant to them and their particular area,” said Thomas Strauss from the Idaho State Police.

So how is the state doing? While Idaho is one of the fastest-growing states in the country, the crime rate doesn’t necessarily reflect that. “Crime has substantially come down. The trend in both of those since 2005 has come down by roughly half,” said Strauss.

But there is one caveat. “Idaho is a geographically large and diverse state, and those patterns may look different when you start to drill down to the regional and county levels,” said Strauss.

So how are we faring locally? In Twin Falls County between the years of 2005 and 2020, we saw an increase in crimes against people of about .15% on average per year, while we saw a decrease in crimes against property, such as thefts, of about .83% on average per year.

The net result? Not much change in our crime in Twin Falls County. Putting you first, I asked Sheriff Tom Carter what we could do to keep the crime rates down further into the future.

“Training is essential, manpower is essential,” he said.

On top of better training for officers and having more officers available, community outreach is of utmost importance.

“I have deputies who, their sole purpose in life is to talk to the community,” Carter said. “You go to the nonprofits, you go to the different clubs, and you talk to them, you tell them what needs to happen.”

And with this outreach, Sheriff Carter is hoping the community will be more vigilant.

“The community as a whole can certainly be educated and that will help us a lot,” Carter said.

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