Part 1 Crimes per Capita Compared to Cities of Similar Size
- Analysis of Performance
- Metric Definition
- Why Is This Important?
- City Organization Impact on Performance
- Benchmark Information
Analysis of Performance
For the past five years we have been experiencing a steady decline in total Part I crimes. For Q1, 2015, we had a lower crime rate than 88% of our peer cities (Group II Cities: population 100,000 » 249,999. Source: FBI). This is above our target of having a lower crime rate than 75% of our peer cities. First quarter performance levels tend to be better, as is seen on the graph, while performance levels decrease in the subsequent busier and warmer quarters of the year. We continue to strive towards our long-term goal of having a lower crime rate than 90% of our peer cities.
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.
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.