Crime Time—Not on Boise’s Clock

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Stay Safe, Boise!

When it comes to criminal activity, Boiseans are fortunate to live in one of the safest places in the nation.

Elsewhere, crime is a subject that incites dread in people of all ages, nationalities, and backgrounds. But there’s little need to fear being a victim when you and your family take extra precautionary steps (in addition to choosing a safe city).

In fact, overall, national crime rates have been declining nationally—as well as in Idaho—for the past 20 years. According to the FBI’s latest annual crime statistics report, Idaho has one of the lowest rates of non-violent property crime nationwide (with only New York and Puerto Rico coming in lower). Our state’s violent crime rate is also low; only six states have lower violent crime rates.

But while Boiseans can be pleased that their community’s crime rates are some of lowest in the U.S., more is needed to maintain a climate of safety and security in our local neighborhoods, especially when it comes to protecting your home and property.

See your neighborhood’s crime statistics—updated monthly—here.

Earlier this month, local residents convened at several community locations for National Night Out, an event intended to promote welcoming, safe neighborhoods. And this is clearly a topic on the minds of many, considering that over 67 neighborhoods in the Boise metropolitan area participated in the event. So how can we continue to keep our city safe for ourselves, our family, and our property?

Do Your Part

In addition to the “If You See Something, Say Something” admonition, which suggests contacting authorities regarding suspicious behavior, here are further steps the Boise Police Department recommends in protecting your home, family, and neighborhoods. (See entire list here.)

  • Install quality locks on doors and windows—and use them.
  • Trim shrubs surrounding doors and windows.
  • Install peepholes on exterior doors.
  • Ensure indoor and outdoor lights are in working condition, and consider hooking up timers to indoor lights and electronics.
  • Close window coverings when away from home.
  • Pay attention to suspicious activity and report it by calling 911 in the case of an emergency.
  • Beware of solicitors. Don’t let strangers into your home if you are not there to supervise.
  • Have a trusted contact check on your home if you’ll be out of town.
  • Photograph your valuables and engrave your property with a form of ID.
  • Have locks changed when moving into a new home or apartment.
  • Start your own Neighborhood Watch program.

Don’t Forget About Your Bike

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While Boise’s bike culture is primarily an advantage in our community, it unfortunately continues to present thieves with a bevy of opportunities. Take the following precautions to make sure you’re not a victim of bike theft.

  • Register your bike with the Boise Police Department. If it is stolen and later found by authorities, it will be easier to return the property to its rightful owner.
  • Don’t leave your bicycle unattended without using a secure locking system, whether in public (such as parked outside a restaurant) or on your own property (such as in your yard or on the porch).
  • Never leave your garage door open and the items inside unattended, especially if you store valuable sports equipment (including bikes) there.
  • Invest in a theft-deterrent bike lock (such as a U-lock). These are more secure than combination cable bike locks that can be easily removed with wire cutters.
  • If you see something suspicious, alert the authorities.

For more information about crime and safety in the Treasure Valley, including additional resources, visit the Boise Police Department website.

Sincerely,

Shana Moore, Your Local Boise Real Estate Professional and source of real estate market trends in Boise Idaho

Shana Foster Moore

Your Local Boise Real Estate Professional

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