Kansas Bureau of Investigation Releases North Central Kansas Crime Statistics for 2019

Kansas Bureau of Investigation Releases North Central Kansas Crime Statistics for 2019

The Kansas Bureau of Investigation has released the 2019 Kansas Crime Index Report.  The report compiles crime statistics reported to the KBI by state and local law enforcement agencies across Kansas.

According to the report, crime index offenses in Cloud County rose by 11.5% from 191 total crime offenses in 2018 to 213 total crime offenses in 2019.

Violent Crime Analysis
The 2019 Kansas Crime Index Report indicated that violent crime in Kansas increased by 2.6% in 2019.  A total of 12,694 violent crimes were reported in Kansas in the categories of murder, rape, robbery, and aggravated assault and battery.  The violent crime rate is currently 17.3% above the 10-year average. 

In 2019, aggravated assaults and batteries increased by 6.1%, which drove the violent crime rate up.  Yet, fortunately, the state saw a decline in the number of murders, rapes, and robberies.  Across Kansas 130 murders, 1,297 rapes, and 1,422 robberies were reported.

Cloud County reported 59 violent crime offenses last year, including 54 aggravated assaults and five reports of rape.

Elsewhere in North Central Kansas, Mitchell County reported 10 violent crime offenses, including eight aggravated assaults, while Republic County reported just three violent crime offenses in 2019.

Property Crime Analysis
According to the 2019 crime report, total property crime offenses in Kansas declined by 6.8%.  Even motor vehicle theft, which has been on the rise for several years, declined statewide in 2019.
Property crime offenses were down 10.5% in Cloud County in 2019.  Cloud County reported 154 property crime offenses last year, including 114 thefts, 11 motor vehicle thefts, 29 burglaries, and three arson cases.

Elsewhere in North Central Kansas, Mitchell County reported 80 property crime offenses, including 39 thefts, 11 motor vehicle thefts, and 30 burglaries.  Republic County reported 43 property crime offenses, including 26 thefts, four motor vehicle thefts, 13 burglaries, and one arson case.

Data from the Kansas Crime Index report is derived from standard offense and arrest reports submitted to the Kansas Incident Based Reporting System by local law enforcement agencies across Kansas.  It is dependent on victims reporting crimes.  The report is compiled to provide a historical assessment and snapshot of crime trends.  It is often not possible to draw further interpretations or conclusions from the data.  The KBI cautions against using data to make direct comparisons between jurisdictions.  Often these comparisons are not valid as the factors influencing crime vary widely between communities.