DPS Releases the 2017 Crime in Utah Report
Our Bureau of Criminal Identification (BCI) team has worked hard to gather and confirm 2017 crime data from 130 law enforcement agencies across the state. This report gives a glimpse into the state of crime in our communities and it is important to our Department that this report be released in a timely manner each year.
In 2017, a total of 91,581 index crimes were committed, which indicated a 5.38% decrease in the overall number of index crimes from 2016. However, there was an increase in crimes involving a firearm, hate crimes and rape.
In an effort to provide future crime statistics in a more timely manner, DPS worked closely with Senator Don Ipson and Representative Lee Perry during the 2018 legislative session to carry and pass SB105 (Crime Statistics Reporting Amendments). Effective May 8, 2018 all Utah law enforcement agencies will be required to submit their crime data to BCI by the 16th day of the month after the month in which a reported crime occurred. This change will assist BCI in moving toward a quarterly Crime in Utah publication and eventually a real time view as crime statistics are submitted. This will greatly improve our opportunities to identify crime trends and adjust local, state and federal resources accordingly.
The report can be accessed on the BCI website and below.