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Part 1 Crimes per Capita Compared to Cities of Similar Size

Desired Result: Above Target

Analysis of Performance

For the past five years we have been experiencing a steady decline in total Part I crimes. For Q3, 2014, we had a lower crime rate than 63% of our peer cities (Group II Cities: population 100,000 » 249,999. Source: FBI). This is below our target of having a lower crime rate than 75% of our peer cities, and below our long-term goal of having a lower crime rate than 90% of our peer cities. The third quarter usually sees a bump in crime rates, as this represents the warmer and thus more active months of the year. The percentile is compared to a flat average that does not account for seasonality, so performance levels for the third quarter tend to be lower. Performance levels are expected to increase the fourth quarter.

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.