Salt Lake City Utah Crime: Declines for 2nd Straight Year

Published
01/23/2018 by

Overall crime peaked in Salt Lake City in 2015, and since then, it has been on a slow decline.

While public opinion tends to perceive crime as headed in the wrong direction, Utah’s most prolific crimes-- major larcenies including motor vehicles, arson, burglary, homicide, rape, aggravated assault, and robbery—fell by over 5%.

The drop-off in crime can most likely be attributed to the “Operation Rio Grande,” a concerted effort by the local police force to reduce crime in target areas. Unfortunately, that effort may have simply pushed crime into nearby counties, and the dip in Salt Lake City’s crime rate may only be temporary.

“It’s encouraging to see the local government working to protect citizens,” said Darwin Overson, a criminal defense attorney in Utah. “We only hope that our leaders are focusing on the root causes of local crime rather than simply focusing on the aesthetics of Utah’s crime rate.”

Despite lower crime rates across most areas, Salt Lake City did experience more murders in 2017. In fact, the homicide rate doubled.

To continue the decline in criminal activity and bolster public perception of safety, the city has allocated resources to hire 50 new police officers this year. Tax payers will most likely foot the bill for the extra $10 million expenditure.