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Old 07-10-2012, 12:46 PM
 
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Where do police in Alaska's city of Anchorage spend their time? | Alaska Dispatch

Where do Anchorage police spend their time?



Every year national crime statistics are reported by federal law enforcement agencies based on major crimes such as murder, assault and property crimes. But what about the other categories? You know the ones. The ones where neighbors called the cops because your party spilled onto their front lawn? The Anchorage Police Department annually publishes a report titled “Calls for Service,” which covers the 38 community council areas throughout the Municipality of Anchorage. While homicide, assault and property crimes always get top billing when the report is released, I decided to take a closer look at some of the other reported violations.
"A call for service is simply a request for police assistance," said Lt. Dave Parker in an interview with andrewhalcro.com. "Calls for service do not always generate a police report," he added.
The numbers below represent 2010, the latest published figures by the APD.
Loud Party: Thinking about having a toga blowout like the Delta Tau Chi, complete with a couple of John Belushi wannabees? There are three current leaders in Anchorage competing for the crown of the most police calls for loud parties: Northeast C.C. 99, Abbott Loop 82 and Sand Lake 78.
Prowlers: Worried about peeping toms getting an eyeful or strange vehicles roaming around your 'hood? These three C.C. areas are home to more prowler calls than anywhere else in Anchorage: Spenard 32, Northeast 31, Sand Lake 23.
Robbery: Stick em’ up isn’t just relegated to the big cities. In Anchorage there are three areas where getting taken isn’t an analogy: Northeast 31, Sand Lake 23, Spenard 21.

Stolen Vehicle: Car thieves have their preferred brands, but in these three areas they’ll take whatever they can get their hands on: Taku 90, Spenard 84, Northeast 66.
Indecent Exposure: This category offers two possible definitions. Either you’ve been caught without your pants or you’ve been caught with them down. Either one, these three areas lead the city in wardbrobe malfunctions: Fairview 42, Chugiak 37, Mountian View 36.
Bomb calls: This can be anything from a suspicious package to a real bomb threat call. These three areas have had more bomb scares than any other area of Anchorage: Downtown 4, Northeast 3, Rogers Park 3.
Alarm: This category covers everything from false alarms set off at area businesses and homes to burglaries in progress. There are three choice areas in town where Alarms tend to go off more than anywhere else: Taku 1280, Mid-town 918 and Abbott Loop 798.
Prostitition/Gambling: In the days of yesteryear, when Spenard Road was home to a dozen or so massage parlors, they clearly ruled the roost for the most prostitution and gambling. Some things never change. Spenard 102, Fairview 37, Northeast 33.
Eluding: This is my favorite category. How many fugitives try and outrace the police like Bo and Luke Duke in the General Lee? Or how about fleeing the scene of the crime by trying to hide in a neighbor's shed. Haven’t these fools ever heard of Police dogs? Northeast 11, Fairview 9, Mid-town 9.
Domestic Violence writ: With domestic violence being so common in Anchorage, we look at the neighborhoods where APD officers issued the most DV writs to protect the victim: Fairview 222, Northeast 219, Abbott Loop 151.
Here are the yearly totals for major crimes of 2010 in Anchorage

Murder 13
The willful (non-negligent) killing of one human being by another.
Rape 264
The carnal knowledge of a female forcibly against her will.
Robbery – 454
The taking of or attempt to take anything of value from the care, custody, or control of a person by force or threat of force.
Aggravated Assault – 1,701
An unlawful attack or attempted attack upon a person for the purpose of inflicting severe or aggravated bodily injury.
Burglary – 1,223
The unlawful entry of a structure with intent to commit a felony or a theft.
Theft – 8,178
The unlawful taking of property from another without the use of force against the person.
Motor Vehicle Theft – 813
The theft or attempted theft of a vehicle.
Andrew Halcro is the publisher of AndrewHalcro.com, a blog devoted to Alaska issues and politics, where this report first appeared. He is president of Halcro Strategies and Avis/Alaska Rent-A-Car, his family business. Halcro served in the Alaska House of Representatives from 1999 to 2003, and he ran for governor in 2006 as an Independent.
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Old 09-05-2012, 04:28 PM
 
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In short, you suspect that the general crime rate in Anchorage might be higher than what is represented.
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Old 09-05-2012, 04:30 PM
 
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^ is Anchorage represented as a higher crime area?
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Old 09-05-2012, 04:38 PM
 
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I thought about this. I have been watching Gangland on youtube. You can see it on The History Channel. One episode of interest for me is "Ice Cold Killers", which takes place in Anchorage. It is about Crips in Alaska. There are gangs in Alaska. Anchorage's record murder rate is around 12.2 murders per 100,000, recorded in 1995. Today I don't think it has gotten that high. However, according to what you have mentioned, there might be more murders than are reported. And from what I've read, the state of Alaska had the single highest murder rate in the USA in 1982, at 18.5 murders per 100,000. It's alot lower now, however, it does make one think about things.

And I have a feeling there is alot more rape going on than is being reported. I've heard that Alaska has one of the highest rates of rape in the USA.
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Old 09-05-2012, 04:39 PM
 
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^ is Anchorage represented as a higher crime area?
I don't know. I know of more violent cities than Anchorage, such as Atlanta, New Orleans, Miami, St. Louis, Las Vegas,etc.
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Old 09-05-2012, 09:54 PM
 
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Most of the crime in AK happens in Juneau - perpetrated by a gang of thugs going by the name of "the Senate Bipartisan Coalition".
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Old 09-05-2012, 10:11 PM
 
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Most of the crime in AK happens in Juneau - perpetrated by a gang of thugs going by the name of "the Senate Bipartisan Coalition".
In short, Sarah Palin
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Old 09-05-2012, 10:14 PM
 
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I read something in a statistic about Alaska having the nation's highest murder rate in 1982. If anyone was alive and living in Alaska in 1982, can you tell what you know of what was going on in Alaska. I know there were gangs coming from California, but Anchorage itself didn't get its highest murder rate until 1995.
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Old 09-06-2012, 05:27 PM
 
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Crime in general has been going down from the 1980's, nationwide, not just Alaska....

And there is always the risk of unreported crimes.

Here is another one for you. There is a difference between murder and homicide and they are counted separately with one being a part I crime and the other a part II crime. So i bet that the 13 is not all of the unnatural deaths....
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Old 09-12-2012, 03:07 PM
 
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Are those number per-capita or actual? And is it just "Anchorage" or does it include areas that are considered part of Anchorage?

The point? Sites that report crime rates - like this one - use per-capita... and tend to "bunch" crimes together so you and I will never know if the assault was really an assault or the result of part of a robbery or the neighbours beating the crap out of each other because of buying a new dress on sale...

Be careful of "stats" about crime rates - I looked up the difference of Nashville, TN compared to San Antonio, TX a couple of years ago.

Nashville, TN - 1246 actual assaults
San Antonio, TX - 986 actual assaults

(These were a few years ago)

But because San Antonio's population is more than double Nashville's, Nashville looks like a horrible city to live in. What it DOES NOT tell you is the figures for San Antonio DO NOT include any of the "little" cities that are a part of San Antonio and once you add those, the number almost TRIPLES!!! The figures for Nashville included ALL PARTS of Nashville, not just "Nashville" "proper"...

Stats = making math work the way you want it to work...
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