The crime rate in rural Latah County has dropped to its lowest level in nearly 20 years.
The annual Idaho Crime Report was recently released by Idaho State Police for 2021. The report shows that crime reported to the Latah County Sheriff’s Office last year dropped 26% compared to 2020. Deputies responded to 279 crimes in 2021 which was the fewest cases since 2005.
Crime in Moscow also saw a major change last year but in the opposite direction. Total crime reports to the Moscow Police Department jumped 31% in 2021 which was the most in 4 years. Arrests by Moscow Officers were up 43% last year. Thefts are the most common crime in Moscow accounting for about a third of the department’s cases.