Idaho Reports on State Crime Victimization Survey
In April, the Idaho Statistical Analysis Center released the report Idaho Crime Victimization Survey: 2012. The report provides estimates of property crime, violent crime, identity theft, stalking, sexual assault, and domestic violence occurring in Idaho in calendar year 2012. Participants were also questioned regarding lifetime experiences with stalking, domestic violence, and sexual assault, their perceptions of neighborhood safety, and satisfaction with police services. The survey was conducted between April and June 2013 by the University of Idaho, Social Science Research Unit. Survey participants were randomly selected from either a landline or a cell-phone sampling frame. The 1,517 Idaho participants included 1,152 landline and 383 cell-phone households. Reaching out to cell-phone participants created a more representative sample overall, as an increasing number of households are wireless only, and wireless-only versus landline households have drastic demographic differences. Wireless-only households are more likely to be younger (1-29), more likely to be male, and more highly educated than landline households (Blumberg & Luke, 2007).1
Findings from the survey suggest a much greater number of crimes occur than are reported to law enforcement in Idaho. For example, although an estimated 112.0 per 1,000 adults in Idaho were victims of violent crime in 2012, reported violent crime incidents affected 11.4 per 1,000 adults. Most crime rates were down from the 2008 Idaho Crime Victimization Survey, except for rates of aggravated assault, identity theft, theft from inside a building, and vandalism. Aggravated assault was also more likely than other crimes to be reported. Only 11.0% of Idahoans felt crime was "almost always" or "always" a problem in their community, and over 90% felt safe in their community and rarely felt fear of crime prevented them from doing things they would like to do.
1Blumberg, S.J., & Luke, J.V., Ganesh, N., Davern, M.E., Boudreaux, M. H. (2012). Wireless substitution: State-level estimates from the National Health Interview Survey, 2010-2011 (National Health Statistics Reports, No. 61). Hyattsville, MD: National Center for Health Statistics.