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Part 1 Crimes per Capita Compared to Cities of Similar Size

Desired Result: Above Target

Analysis of Performance


For Q3, 2015, we had a lower crime rate than 75% of our peer cities (Group II Cities: population 100,000 + 249,999. Source: FBI). This meets our short-term target of having a lower crime rate than 75% of our peer cities. Even while third quarter included busier and warmer months of the year, which corresponds to more criminal activity, our crime rate decreased. FCPS recently added personnel to our downtown district to help curtail criminal activity in that district and to have a stronger presence in that area. This action, along with an overall emphasis in proactive work seems to be moving the rate in the right direction. We continue to strive towards our long-term goal of having a lower crime rate than 90% of our peer cities.

Metric Definition

Part 1 crimes are defined by the FBI as: Aggravated Assault, Arson, Auto Theft, Burglary, Homicide, Rape, Robbery, and Theft.

Why Is This Important?

This data is collected from every law enforcement agency in the country and reported by the FBI. It provides a standardized definition to generate crime rate statistics across agencies. It is useful as a barometer for measuring reporting rates of similarly sized cities. It is often used as a leading social indicator of community safety.

City Organization Impact on Performance

Medium - Fort Collins Police Services provides services and deploys strategies to help maintain community safety. However, the crime rate is heavily influenced by outside factors.

Benchmark Information

This metric contains no benchmark data because comparisons to similar cities are incorporated within the definition of the metric itself. As the City's performance is already expressed as a percentile ranking within a pool of peer cities, benchmark data would simply be redundant.