Crime is on the rise in Kuna.
That was the word Tuesday from Kuna Police Chief Lt. Kody Aldrich of the Ada County Sheriff’s Office, who provided the Kuna City Council with a quarterly update based on an data collected for the month of October.
Offenses classified as property crimes represent the largest spike over last year’s numbers.
“Most of it has to do with an increase in vehicle burglaries and some vandalism,” Aldrich said, noting that in 2011, year-to-date, Kuna had a total of 176 such incidents on the books. This year, the count is 229.
Of those, Kuna police responded to 25 vehicle burglaries in 2011 and 40 vehicle burglaries 2012, and saw 47 incidents of vandalism in 2012 and 53 in 2012.
Residential burglaries jumped from 14 last year to 22 this year.
The report Aldrich distributed Tuesday also included comparison data for 2011 and 2012 in areas like total response time, top calls for service, and traffic incidents, and advised council of several areas of change.
The count for proactive policing, for example, was 6,526 in 2011 and 7,784 in 2012. Calls for service are also on the rise, numbering 2,613 in 2011 and 2,883 this year.
“Calls for service are still up,” said Aldrich, noting most requests are for citizen assist or welfare checks. “It’s something I’m keeping an eye on and trying to figure out as I’m working to maintain service levels and staffing.”
He added that total response times are still good, and, while calls for service have increased, Kuna hasn’t seen a negative impact on the service capability.
“Where we’ve seen it is in the citations,” he countered. “If you’re on a call for service, you’re not getting the citations you had compared to last year.”
Traffic crashes were about the same as in 2011; between January and June of this year, top crash intersections were Deer Flat and Linder roads, which saw three, while Ten Mile and Boise Street had two and Avalon Street ad Kaye Avenue had two, as well.
Council President Richard Cardoza asked Aldrich why deputies conduct construction site security checks.
“A few years ago we did some crime analysis looking at trends in property crime, both residential and commercial,” Aldrich explained. “They found a direct correlation, statistically, with the number of checks we did compared to the number of construction site burglaries we had.”
Although construction is way down compared to when the site checks began, deputies continue to keep an eye on the sites that are operating.
Cardoza also asked if the ordinance passed by the city in response to the frequent false burglar alarms had made a difference in the situation.
“We still get the alarms, but not nearly like we were,” Aldrich said.
“We’ve been filling out the alarm cards, and just not having those continual problems. We’re still getting calls, but it’s not the repeat calls to the same people over and over.”
The full report did not appear to be posted Monday night in its usual spot at ww.cityofkuna.com/cc_2012.htm, but should be available soon.