By Kuna Melba News Staff
Kuna police chief Kody Aldrich addressed the city council last Tuesday evening presenting the 2012 police report. According to the numbers, crime during 2012 in Kuna increased by 24 percent over 2011. Person crimes including murder, manslaughter, assault and intimidation grew by just over 9 percent. The category of society crimes wich includes drug, pornography, prostitution and weapons law violations grew by 25 percent. But the largest jump was in property crimes that grew by 35 percent.
While still above the Idaho average of 46 percent, the percent of crimes solved in Kuna decreased from 62 percent in 2011 to 56 percent in 2012.
In response to the decrease in solved cases Chief Aldrich said, “That is worst case scenario. There will be crimes that will be solved from years ago that will bump up those percentages. It can only go up from the percentages listed.”
Chief Aldrich explained that the rise in the crime statistics, especially property crimes, could be explained by only a few incidents of small crime sprees. For example, one person walking through a neighborhood stealing from or vandalizing cars could skew the numbers when you have a small population to begin with.
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