Theft, or larceny, was Idaho County’s top offense for 2016, according to an annual crime report released this month from Idaho State Police.
Last year, a total 77 larceny incidents were reported to the region’s three law enforcement agencies: Idaho County Sheriff’s Office, and Grangeville and Cottonwood police departments. Tying as the county’s second highest reported crime were drug/narcotics and drug equipment offenses at 61 each, followed by 59 simple assaults, 56 burglaries and 31 vandalisms.
Overall, 410 Group “A” offenses (comprised of three categories: crimes against persons, property and society) were reported in 2016, down 5.1 percent from the prior year, of which 243 cases (59.3 percent) were cleared.
In comparison, for the State of Idaho overall, Group “A” offenses were up 5.4 percent from 2015.
Within the five-year trend, 2016 was Idaho County’s third highest crime year with 2014 being the lowest at 382 offenses and 2013 the highest at 448.
Arrests within the five-year trend have been on the rise since 2012; however, last year the total was 437, a 1.8 percent decrease from the high in 2015 at 445. Of 2016’s arrests, 420 were adults and 17 juveniles.
Idaho County came out higher than the state in drug/narcotic and drug equipment violations for the Crimes against Society (COS) category. These violations accounted for 97 percent of COS in Idaho County, compared with 94.7 percent statewide.
For Crimes against Property in Idaho, larceny/theft cases accounted for 48.3 percent of cases versus 44 percent in Idaho County.
Breaking It Down: by agency
Idaho County Sheriff’s Office
In 2016, top offenses were drug equipment (55), drug/narcotics and larceny (both 54), burglary (34) and simple assault (33).
Overall, 295 offenses were reported in 2016, down 2.5 percent from the year prior. Of total offenses, 197 (66.8 percent) were cleared. Last year tied with 2013 as the third highest crime year within the five-year trend, compared with low of 257 offenses in 2014, and the high at 303 in 2015.
Arrests in 2016 (353) were down by 1.4 percent from the prior year (also the five-year high at 358), of which 347 were adults and six juveniles.
Grangeville Police Department
Simple assault was the City of Grangeville’s top offense in 2016 at 24 reported. Larcenies were second highest at 22, followed by burglary (21), vandalism (eight) and drug/narcotics and drug equipment tied at six.
Last year, 103 total offenses was the five-year low for the department, with the high at 134 in 2013. 2016 had 10.4 percent fewer offenses than the year prior, of which 41.7 percent (43) were cleared.
In 2016, 72 arrests were made, down 6.5 percent from the prior year, of which 63 were adults and nine juveniles.
Cottonwood Police Department
The Cottonwood Police Department handled 12 offenses last year, the top being vandalism at three offenses, followed by simple assault and fraud at two each, and lastly one report each of rape, burglary, larceny, drug/narcotics and statutory rape.
Total offenses were down 14.3 percent from 2015 to 2016 with three (25 percent) being cleared. 2016 was the low in the five-year trend; the high at 21 in 2014.
Last year, 12 arrests were made, up 20 percent from 2015, of which 10 were adults and two juveniles. 2016 was the third highest in the five-year trend, with 2015 the low (10) and 2013 the high (14).
Annual crime reports are available to view online through the ISP Bureau of Criminal Identification department at www.isp.idaho.gov.