Report: Alaska violent crime rates significantly higher than national average
A presentation by the State's Criminal Records and Identification Bureau Chief compares Alaska's recently released crime statistics to national figures, with Alaska leading in several main violent and property crime categories.
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Kathryn Monfreda presented her report at a town hall on Saturday that was focused on the flaws of SB91, Alaska's controversial crime reform package.
The presentation was based on Alaska's uniform crime reporting results for the last several years, including 2017.
Monfreda noted a 20 percent increase in reported murders between 2016 and 2017, along with a 40 percent increase in vehicle theft.
The presentation analyzed Alaska's violent crime rates between 2007 and 2017, showing the rates of murder, rape, robbery, and aggravated assault to be significantly higher in Alaska than the national average by 2017.
The presentation displayed consistently higher rape and aggravated assault rates for Alaska during the entire 10 year time period, while showing murder and robbery rates were below the national average for more than have of the same time period, rising steadily above it in the last few years.
Monfreda supplied the following statistics for each violent crime category:
Murder in 2017
- 60 percent of homicides involved a firearm, down from 83 percent in 2016
- 56 percent of female homicide victims were killed by an intimate partner
- 59 percent of male victims were killed by an acquaintance
- Of the suspects, 81 percent were adults, and 80 percent were male, and the majority (50 percent) were White/Caucasian
Rape in 2017
- The rape rate in Alaska is 249 percent higher than the national rate
- Seven percent of the reported rape offenses were attempts to rape
- While 1,073 offenses reported in 2017, 126 persons were arrested for rape
- Of the persons arrested for rape, 79 percent were adults, 99 percent were males, and the majority (59 percent) were Alaska Native/American Indian
Robbery in 2017
- The most common weapon type involved in a robbery was "hands/fists/feet", followed by "firearm"
- The total reported property loss from robbery was over $850K
- Of the persons arrested for robbery, 93 percent were adults, 84 percent were males, and the majority (43 percent) were White/Caucasian
Assault in 2017
- The assault rate in Alaska is 131 percent higher than the national rate
- The most common weapon type associated with assault was "other dangerous weapon", followed by "hands/fists/feet", then "firearms"
- The least common weapons was "knife/cutting instrument"
- Of the persons arrested for assault, 94 percent were adults, 75 percent were males, and the majority (48 percent) were Alaska Native/American Indian
Monfreda's presentation also addressed property crime, a category in which 26,225 offenses were reported for 2017, compared to the 6,320 reported violent crime offenses.
The report showed Alaska's larceny/theft, vehicle theft, and burglary rates as all being higher than the national average in 2017, with the most severe gap in the vehicle theft category.
For the property crime categories covered in Saturday's presentation, Monfreda supplied the following statistics:
Burglary in 2017
- 57 percent of reported burglaries were from a residence
- The total reported property loss for burglaries in 2017 was over $10.4 million
- Of the persons arrested for burglary, 81 percent were adults, 86 percent were males, and the majority (53 percent) were White/Caucasian
Larceny/Theft in 2017:
- The majority of reported larcenies were "from motor vehicle", followed by "shoplifting"
- The total reported property loss for larcenies in 2017 was over $15.3 Million
- Of the persons arrested for larceny, 89 percent were adults, 65 percent were males, and the majority (60 percent) were White/Caucasian
Vehicle Theft in 2017
- The rate of vehicle thefts have increased 150 percent since five years ago, and is up 62 percent compared to 10 years ago
- The total reported property loss for vehicle thefts in 2017 was over $34.1 million
- Of the persons arrested for vehicle theft, 89 percent were adults, 73 percent were males, and the majority (55 percent) were White/Caucasian
Arson in 2017
- The majority of reported arsons were of structures (48 percent), followed by mobile property (25 percent)
- Of the arsons of structural property, 65 percent were of residential property
- Of the persons arrested for larceny, 73 percent were adults, 64 percent were males, and the majority (50 percent) were White/Caucasian
Saturday's event was hosted at the Legislative Information Offices in Anchorage by Rep. Lora Reinbold, R-Eagle River. Watch a brief of the report from the event below.
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