News Special Public Safety Report (Part 1)

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Crime Data

The following graphs show a comparison of the occurrence of crime for selected counties of similar size in Illinois. Graph 1 shows the Total Index Crimes (combination of Violent Crimes and Property Crimes). Index crimes are those offenses which are of serious nature (i.e.--murder, rape, arson, auto theft, etc.).

Total Index Crimes

* Source---Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority

The above graph illustrates a continued downward trend in serious offenses in Kankakee County as compared to other counties.

While the crime rate in Kankakee County was unusally high in 1993 and 1994, the occurrence of crime fell in 1995, 1996, 1997 and 1998.

By 1997 per capita crime rate was lower than in Rock Island, Macon and Mclean Counties. Of the counties in this comparison, only Tazewell and LaSalle have had a consistently lower rate of serious offenses than Kankakee County.

Graph 2 depicts the Total Violent Crimes for the same counties.

Total Violent Offenses

*Source--Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority

This graph reflects the extremely high rate of violent crime that Kankakee County experienced in 1993, 1994, and 1995. The two most recent years, 1997 and 1998, reflect a more proportionate level of violent crime in relation to our population unlike the rate experienced in the period 1993 to 1995.

Graph 3 depicts Total Property Crime.

Total Property Offenses

*Source--Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority

The same downward trend is seen in property crime offenses. Only in 1994 was there an increase in property crime occurrences.

Graph 4 depicts the population for the various counties and the number of arrests.

Population and Arrests

*Source--Bureau of Justice Statistics-Uniform Crime Reports from the FBI-University of Virginia Social Sciences Data Center (latest year 1994)

The number of arrests in Kankakee County does not appear to be disproportionate with population (based on latest year available data--1994) which was when crime peaked in Kankakee County.


Crime in Kankakee County is by no means eradicated but certain people have apparently been exaggerating the magnitude of crime in order to further personal agendas.

The following data illustrates that Kankakee County's Crime rate is down dramatically and in 1998 it was actually lower than in 1983. The graph depicts crimes per 100,000 of population and is based upon the eight standard index crimes used to compare crimes from throughout the United States.

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