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Violent crime NAT. AVG.
Property crime NAT. AVG.
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Date & Last Updated: This data reflects the 2022 calendar year and was released from the FBI in September, 2023; this is the most current data available.
StatisticReportedincidents/100k peopleBoise/100k peopleIdaho/100k peopleNational/100k people
Total crime3,469n/a (estimate)1,4511,1682,324
Violent crime591n/a (estimate)247241370
Vehicle theft266n/a111.391.2282.7
Property crime2,878n/a (estimate)1,2049271,954

An Overview of Crime Rates in Boise, ID

Looking at the most recent crime report, the crime rate in Boise is 37.6% lower than the national average. These crimes fall into two primary categories: violent and property. Violent crimes encompass murder, rape, robbery and assault, while property crimes involve theft, vehicle theft and burglary. In Boise, there were 591 reported violent crimes, equivalent to 247 per 100,000 individuals, 33.2% lower than the national average. Additionally, there were 2878 property crimes, amounting to 1204 per 100,000 residents, 38.4% lower than the U.S. average.

What Do the Locals Say About Crime in Boise?

AreaVibes surveyed 117 local residents in Boise to gauge the safety of the area. Based on the results, 70% of people answered that there was very little crime in Boise and that they felt very comfortable walking alone at night. Another 30% of people responded that there was far too much crime and they would be hesitant to walk the streets alone at night. Keep in mind that the opinions of residents may vary depending on which area they live in.

Is Boise a Safe Place to Live?

Determining whether Boise is a place to live may not always yield a simple answer, given the city's varying safety levels across different areas. Nonetheless, comprehending the city's overall crime rate can be a valuable asset. In broad terms, Boise has an overall crime rate that is 38% lower than the national average. When we take a look at crime on a daily basis, this translates into 9.5 daily occurrences, comprising 1.62 violent crimes and 7.88 property crimes. Scrutinizing these statistics provides a foundation for a more informed assessment of the suitability of Boise as a potential place to establish residency.

Has Crime in Boise Increased Since Last Year?

In the most recent crime report, year-over-year crime rates in Boise has decreased by 8.8%. Examining the change in crime rates from one year to the next provides valuable insights into the evolving safety landscape of Boise, aiding residents in assessing whether it is becoming a safer or more dangerous place to live. These crime rates are categorized into two primary groups: violent and property crimes. Year-over-year, violent crime has decreased by 14.2%, while property crime has decreased by 7.6%. This comprehensive analysis offers potential residents essential information for making informed decisions about whether or not Boise is a safe place to live.

Boise Neighborhood Crime Rates

The Boise region comprises an array of over 32 distinct neighborhoods, each characterized by its unique crime rate influenced by factors including location and socioeconomic conditions. Typically, neighborhoods situated near the city center or downtown core exhibit higher crime rates owing to their higher population density. Conversely, neighborhoods on the city's outskirts tend to boast lower population density, along with reduced unemployment and poverty rates, contributing to a safer environment. Among the secure neighborhoods in Boise are exemplars such as Stewart Gulch, Harrison Blvd and Quail Ridge, whereas Pioneer, Harris Ranch and Sunrise Rim grapple with an above-average reported crime rate. This underscores the necessity for thorough evaluation across multiple neighborhoods, given their notable variations in crime rates.

Potential Causes for Crime in Boise

The level of education within a community can impact crime rates. Higher educational attainment often correlates with lower crime rates, as it provides individuals with better job opportunities and alternatives to criminal behavior. While lower educational achievement rates tend to lead to higher crime rates. In Boise, 90.7% of people have completed high school, while 83% of people have completed high school nationally.

In Boise, the ratio of police officers and civilians stands at 1.72 per 1,000 residents, contrasting with the national average of 3.25. This discrepancy highlights the potential impact of law enforcement and community policing on crime rates. The strength of their collaboration can serve as a deterrent to criminal behavior, fostering a safer environment. Effective law enforcement leans heavily on community policing strategies that prioritize the cultivation of trust and cooperation between police and residents. It's essential to recognize that the effectiveness of these efforts isn't solely tied to the quantity of officers but also hinges on the quality of their engagement with the community.

The quality of housing and neighborhood conditions can influence crime rates. Neglected or run-down neighborhoods with poorly maintained properties may be more susceptible to criminal activities. In areas with housing affordability challenges, crime can emerge as a prominent issue. Certain individuals and families may find themselves residing in cramped or inadequate housing settings, amplifying stress levels and potentially fostering domestic conflicts and associated criminal incidents. It's worth noting that the median home price in Boise stands at $282,900, a contrast to the national average of $184,700.

Boise crime map

The Boise crime map provides a detailed overview of all crimes in Boise as reported by the local law enforcement agencies. Based on the color coded legend above, the crime map outlines the areas with lower crime compared to the areas with higher crime. The Boise crime heat map offers insight into the total crimes on a block group level. Please note that the red areas on the Boise crime map does not always indicate that it is a dangerous area for its residents. Areas on the heat map could be inflated if they are located in high traffic areas like airports, sports centers or large parks. Other areas on the heat map could see increased crime rates if they are located in major tourist areas like the downtown core.
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Crime Quick Facts

  • Boise crime rates are 38% lower than the national average
  • Violent crimes in Boise are 33% lower than the national average
  • In Boise you have a 1 in 69 chance of becoming a victim of crime
  • Boise is safer than 49% of the cities in the United States
  • Year over year crime in Boise has decreased by 12%

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        Daily Crime In Boise (per 100,000 people)

        The above illustration depicts the number of crimes committed daily in Boise, per 100,000 residents. In Boise, the total number of daily crimes is 1.24 times more than the Idaho average and 1.60 times less than the national average. Violent daily crime statistics in Boise are 1.02 times more than the Idaho average and 1.50 times less than the national average. For property crime, Boise has a daily crime rate that is 1.30 times more than the Idaho average and 1.62 times less than the daily national average.

        How Safe is Boise (higher is better)

        How safe is Boise, Idaho compared to other cities in Idaho and the rest of the cities across the United States? The graphs above show that Boise is safer than 45% of the cities in Idaho and 49% of the cities in the United States. These results are calculated by analyzing all cities in Idaho and across the US as a whole and determining how many areas have a lower crime rate than Boise. Overall, Boise is ranked below average compared to all other cities across the United States.

        Chance of Being A Victim of Crime in Boise

        The chance of being a victim of violent crime in Boise is 1 in 405
        The chance of being a victim of property crime in Boise is 1 in 84
        The chance of being a victim of crime in Boise is 1 in 69
        Are you at risk of becoming a victim of crime in Boise, Idaho? If you reside in Boise, then there is a 1 in 405 chance that you will experience a violent crime. These types of crimes may include homicide, sexual assault, robbery, and physical assault. Your risk of being a victim of property crime is 1 in 84. These types of crime include burglary, petty theft, and theft of motor vehicles. Altogether, there is a 1 in 69 risk that you will become a victim of crime in Boise.

        Year Over Year Crime In Boise (per 100,000 people)

        The year over year change in crime per 100,000 people helps to understand whether crime in Boise, ID is on the rise or declining. The violent crime rate in Boise has decreased by 17%, while the property crime rate in Boise has decreased by 10% year over year. Summing up the numbers, Boise has decreased by 12% with regards to total crimes year over year.

        Boise police department

        Item Boise Idaho National
        Law enforcement employees (officers & civilians)3631,868558,732
        Police officers & civilians /1000 residents1.72.43.3
        There are a total of 363 Boise police officers. This results in 1.7 police officers per 1,000 residents which is 29.6% less than the Idaho average and 47.2% less than the National average.

        Sex offenders in Idaho

        State Total offenders Idaho /100K National /100K
        There are a total of 4,932 sex offenders in Idaho. This yields a total of 333 sex offenders in Idaho per 100,000 residents which is 25% greater than the national average.

        Nearby Cities With Low Crime Rates

        City Population Violent crime/100k people Property crime/100k people Total crime/100k people
        Hidden Springs, ID3,41638145183
        Robie Creek, ID1,38048184232
        Eagle, ID28,145101389491
        Meridian, ID107,787140631771
        Star, ID9,819166638804
        Kuna, ID20,9852861,1011,387
        Garden City, ID11,8737001,9552,655
        Boise, ID228,0572471,2041,451

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        City Population Violent crime/100k people Property crime/100k people Total crime/100k people
        Richmond, VA229,2333603,4333,792
        Hialeah, FL233,8764352,6323,068
        Baton Rouge, LA222,1911,0285,8526,880
        Fremont, CA234,8292092,8723,082
        Arlington, VA236,4341269161,042
        Boise, ID228,0572471,2041,451
        Source: The Boise, ID crime data displayed above is derived from the FBI's uniform crime reports for the year of 2022. The crime report encompasses more than 18,000 city and state law enforcement agencies reporting data on property and violent crimes. The uniform crime reports program represents approximately 309 million American residents, which results in 98% coverage of metropolitan statistical areas.