CALDWELL Agencies across the state are beginning to get their crime stats for 2013, and for one Canyon County city, things are looking really good.
Caldwell Police released its crime stats for 2013 and the trend is that they are cleaning up their streets. The numbers are so good that the crime rate is the lowest on record!
Caldwell Police Chief Chris Allgood admits that his city and Canyon County used to have a reputation for being riddled with crime.
Back in the mid-2000s Canyon County's reputation, and Caldwell specifically, simply wasn't good.
2004, 2005 things had gotten pretty rough, but we have turned it around. It's different and we're going to keep it that way, said Allgood.
Here are the numbers for the past four years. These numbers are crimes per 100,000 people, a metric to compare cities large and small.
Caldwell crime rate
*Crime rate is major crimes, felonies and misdemeanors that includes, but is not limited to murder, rape, assault and aggravated assault.
About a decade ago, at the height of the bad crime rate, Allgood says those numbers were above 14,000!
The translation of all those numbers is people are safer. We don't have the shootings, we don't have the crime that we used to have, said Allgood. In 2006, we recorded 78 shots fired, and in 2013 we had two.
As for the reason - Allgood says people just got tired of all the crime.
They said enough's enough, we want a change, said Allgood. Canyon County is a great place, Caldwell city is a great place, and people just wanted something different and they supported a change, and that's what happened.
Allgood also credits elected officials and other agencies in Canyon County for taking a town that had crime significantly higher than neighboring cities to bringing it down closer to what it is in neighboring cities.
As you gain momentum, things slow down. It gives officers more time to be active and then things slow down a little bit more and officers become more active, and before you know it we kind of got a handle on it, you know? said Allgood.
Idaho State Police provides reports to every city in the state. Around mid June the state will release all of the numbers so agencies can see how they compare to each other.