Why is it Important?
Crime rate is an important indicator of numerous criminal trends within the community. There are many variables involved in presenting the crime rate which can show the effectiveness of programs instituted by the local law enforcement community to reduce or prevent crime when compared to both past performances and other law enforcement agencies both statewide and nationwide.
What is Measured?
The crime rate statistics can be used to measure many different aspects of crime in the community, comparing the levels of these specific crimes to the affected population. Not only do we get the exact number of the types of crimes committed over the designated period, but also when we compare those numbers to the general population figures, we can determine the impact of these actions on our citizens.
All information is updated annually during the 2nd quarter of the year.
How is it Measured?
The crimes are measured in different ways, depending on specific types of crime or general trends we are trying to measure. Crime can be broken out by the individual crimes themselves or the general heading of “violent” or “non-violent,” and the rate can be established by comparing the crimes to the target affected groups. In the case of our statistics, we are looking at unincorporated Polk County as the primary focus group and will compare it to crimes and rates within the municipalities in the county, as well as with comparable counties across the state and nation.
How is Polk Performing?
For the Polk Performs gauge, being within the red area would mean that Polk County’s crime rate is increasing; a reading in the yellow area would show that this rate is holding steady, and in the green area shows that Polk’s crime rate is decreasing. The Polk Performs gauge is “green” with respect to the overall trend, as the number of crimes and rate of crime continues to decrease.