Idaho Press-Tribune: Canyon County Crime Rate Down, Police Chiefs Want Lawless Reputation to Change

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Citing statistics that show crimes against people and property in Canyon County have fallen, local officials want their communities' reputations to change as well.

“When those numbers go down, safety’s going up, and I think people should feel very confident being out and about and doing what they want to do,” Caldwell Police Chief Chris Allgood told the Idaho Press-Tribune.

This morning's Press-Tribune reports that crimes against persons in Nampa fell 17.4 percent from 2012-2013 (from 1,232 to 1,018), while property crimes fell 12.3 percent (from 3,190 to 2,798). In Caldwell, crimes against persons declined 3.3 percent from 542 to 524) and property crimes went down 2.9 percent (from 1,801 to 1,748). In Boise, the overall crime rate fell 4.6 percent from 2012-2013.

Caldwell Police Chief Chris Allgood and Nampa Police Chief Craig Kingsbury both credited work to reduce gang activities, as well as school, youth, religious and business organizations, for improved public safety. Kingsbury told the Press-Tribune that targeting patrols and enforcement to statistically known high-crime areas has been especially effective.