Strategic Goal By 2014, the property crime rate per 100,000 inhabitants in Maricopa County will be 4,170 or less, a 2.0% reduction from the 2008 rate.
Trend over time:
Why this is Important:
Property crime is a category of crime that includes, among other crimes, burglary, larceny, theft, motor vehicle theft, arson, shoplifting, and vandalism. Property crimes have both a financial and emotional toll on victims. Citizens consider their personal safety to be one of the most significant factors affecting their quality of life. This goal is aimed at continuing the County’s efforts to reduce the property crime rate in the community.
How Maricopa County government influences this goal:
Maricopa County government influences the crime rate through the role it plays in preventing criminal activity, responding to crime, and administering the criminal justice system. The county's key justice system organizations include the Sheriff's Office, County Attorney’s Office, the departments of Adult and Juvenile Probation, the departments of Public Defense Services, and Superior and Justice courts. Also contributing to achievement of the goal are the Human Services Department’s Community Justice Division and the County Manager’s Justice System and Planning Division, among others. The agencies’ functions vary widely to meet the differing crime prevention needs of the community directed toward reducing the property crime rate in the County.
How progress is measured:
The rate of property crime per 100,000 inhabitants
Where we are:
Current indicator value (2010): 3,534
In 2010, the property crime rate in Maricopa County decreased to 3,534 per 100,000 inhabitants from 3,602 per 100,000 inhabitants in 2009. This is a 17% reduction from the 2008 rate.
The rate reported in 2010 is well below the goal target of 4,170 property crimes per 100,000. It appears as though we are on a positive track to exceed the goal during the targeted time frame.
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