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Violent 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 peoplePreston/100k peopleIdaho/100k peopleNational/100k people
Total crime43n/a (estimate)7251,1682,324
Violent crime8n/a (estimate)135241370
Vehicle theft2n/a33.791.2282.7
Property crime35n/a (estimate)5909271,954

An Overview of Crime Rates in Preston, ID

When we analyze the latest crime report, the Preston crime rate is 68.8% lower than the national average. These incidents are classified into two primary categories: violent and property crimes. Violent crimes include assault, robbery, rape and murder. Whereas property crimes encompass theft, vehicle theft and burglary. In the case of Preston, there were 8 reported violent crimes, equivalent to 135 per 100,000 individuals, 63.5% lower than the national average. Additionally, Preston recorded 35 property crimes, amounting to 590 per 100,000 residents, 69.8% lower than the U.S. average.

With a crime rate of 725, significantly below the national average of 2324, Preston stands out as one of the safest places to reside in the United States. This distinction is primarily attributed to the calculation of total crimes, which encompasses both violent and property crimes per 100,000 residents.

In the latest reported crime year, Preston recorded zero homicides. This statistic potentially positions the city as a paragon of security, radiating a profound sense of safety for its residents. A low number of severe violent crimes instills a deep feeling of well-being among its community but also establishes a lofty benchmark for other locales aspiring to foster equally secure environments.

Property crime rates per 100,000 individuals have exhibited a consistent decrease of about 50% since 1990, with a minor upturn observed in recent years. According to the latest crime data, Preston maintains a property crime rate of 590 incidents per 100,000 people, significantly below the national average of 1954. This serves as a strong indication of the status of Preston as a secure and desirable place to reside, emphasizing its commitment to safety and well-being within the community.

Is Preston a Safe Place to Live?

To get a feel for the safety of living in Preston, it's essential to analyze both the overall crime rate and the daily incident count. Preston presents a total crime rate that is 69% lower than the national average per 100,000 residents. Consequently, Preston experiences an average of 0.12 daily crimes, comprising 0.02 violent incidents and 0.1 property-related offenses. This evaluation offers a comprehensive understanding of the safety landscape, aiding individuals in making informed decisions when considering relocation.

Has Crime in Preston Increased Since Last Year?

In the most recent crime report, year-over-year crime rates in Preston has decreased by 4.4%. Examining the change in crime rates from one year to the next provides valuable insights into the evolving safety landscape of Preston, 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 increased by 100%, while property crime has decreased by 14.6%. This comprehensive analysis offers potential residents essential information for making informed decisions about whether or not Preston is a safe place to live.

Potential Causes for Crime in Preston

The educational level within a community can have an influence on crime rates. Typically, higher levels of education are associated with reduced crime rates, as they offer individuals improved employment prospects and alternatives to engaging in criminal activities. Conversely, lower educational attainment tends to correspond with higher crime rates. In Preston, 84.7% of residents have achieved at least a high school diploma, which differs from the national average of 83%.

In Preston, the cost of living is 7.37% lower than the national average. A substantial cost of living can burden residents, particularly those with constrained financial means. When individuals contend with steep housing expenses, grocery bills, utility costs, healthcare and essential needs that strain their budgets, they may turn to criminal activities, such as theft or fraud, as a means of financial survival. Conversely, cities characterized by a more affordable cost of living may alleviate economic pressures, which could potentially lead to decreased crime rates.

In Preston, the ratio of police officers and civilians stands at 1.33 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.

Preston crime map

The Preston crime map provides a detailed overview of all crimes in Preston 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 Preston crime heat map offers insight into the total crimes on a block group level. Please note that the red areas on the Preston 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

  • Preston crime rates are 69% lower than the national average
  • Violent crimes in Preston are 64% lower than the national average
  • In Preston you have a 1 in 138 chance of becoming a victim of crime
  • Preston is safer than 73% of the cities in the United States
  • Year over year crime in Preston has decreased by 8%

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        Daily Crime In Preston (per 100,000 people)

        The above illustration depicts the number of crimes committed daily in Preston, per 100,000 residents. In Preston, the total number of daily crimes is 1.61 times less than the Idaho average and 3.21 times less than the national average. Violent daily crime statistics in Preston are 1.79 times less than the Idaho average and 2.74 times less than the national average. For property crime, Preston has a daily crime rate that is 1.57 times less than the Idaho average and 3.31 times less than the daily national average.

        How Safe is Preston (higher is better)

        Are people any safer living in Preston in comparison to other Idaho communities and all other areas throughout the United States? When we look at all cities across America, is Preston safe? The evidence provided by these graphs show Preston being safer than 67% of cities in Idaho and 73% of cities across the United States. This is evident by tracking Idaho cities as well as all US cities over a one year period to contrast crime statistics as they relate to Preston. In conclusion, Preston ranks above average compared to the rest of the United States.

        Chance of Being A Victim of Crime in Preston

        The chance of being a victim of violent crime in Preston is 1 in 742
        The chance of being a victim of property crime in Preston is 1 in 170
        The chance of being a victim of crime in Preston is 1 in 138
        Are you worried about becoming a crime victim? In Preston, your chance of becoming a victim of a violent crime is 1 in 742. Types of violent crimes may include assault, robbery, rape, or murder. You also have a 1 in 170 chance of being the victim of a property crime such as vehicle theft, personal property theft, and burglary. Your overall risk of becoming a crime victim in Preston is 1 in 138.

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

        Determining whether Preston is becoming less or more safe for its residents (per 100,000) is most easily done by comparing year-over-year crime rates. Preston violent crime rates have increased by 93%. At the same time, property crime has decreased by 18% year over year. Total crimes for Preston has decreased by 8% in the same time frame.

        Preston police department

        Item Preston Idaho National
        Law enforcement employees (officers & civilians)71,868558,732
        Police officers & civilians /1000 residents1.32.43.3
        There are a total of 7 Preston police officers. This results in 1.3 police officers per 1,000 residents which is 45.4% less than the Idaho average and 59.1% 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
        Richmond, UT2,7331159011,016
        Lewiston, UT2,0911239631,085
        Dayton, ID5462891,1111,400
        Weston, ID4402961,1381,434
        Clifton, ID6972961,1391,435
        Franklin, ID7063091,1871,495
        Cove, UT4922702,1142,384
        Preston, ID5,477135590725

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        City Population Violent crime/100k people Property crime/100k people Total crime/100k people
        Charleston, MO5,4786821,8852,567
        Cameron, TX5,476259591849
        New Holland, PA5,4792241,1861,410
        Somerdale, NJ5,4792715,5325,804
        Orchard Homes, MT5,4802701,2401,510
        Preston, ID5,477135590725
        Source: The Preston, 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.