As economy booms, Park City crime numbers go bust
Police Department reports there was a sharp drop in major incidents
As the economy boomed, Park City’s crime numbers went bust.
The number of crime reports in Park City that were classified as major dropped last year to its lowest figure since at least the middle of the 1990s, the Park City Police Department said in its annual tally.
The Police Department’s report for 2014 shows a sharp decline in the number of major crimes reported. The number fell to 732 from 867 in 2013, a drop of nearly 16 percent. The 732 reports were the fewest since at least 1996. It was the first time since 1996 that the number fell to fewer than 800.
Major crimes include offenses like rape, robbery, burglary, assault, fraud, vehicle burglary and criminal mischief. Park City traditionally suffers few violent crimes. There were no homicides and no robberies reported. Three rapes were reported. The numbers are drawn from initial reports and sometimes investigations find no crime occurred, a victim did not want to pursue a case or filed charges are different than those that were reported initially.
Wade Carpenter, the police chief, said the drop in reports of major crimes is likely a result of Park City’s strong economy. When the economy is good, Carpenter said, fewer crimes are typically reported. People also tend to drink more alcohol during poor economic times, leading to crime, he said.
Carpenter said there is a correlation between unemployment rates and crime, saying robberies, burglaries, thefts and vehicle break-ins occur more frequently when jobless numbers are high.