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Source: Crime in Alaska 2021

Alaska’s newly released 2021 crime report shows a 15.2% decrease in the overall crime rate. This amounts to the lowest number of reported offenses since 1975, continuing a four-year downward trend.

Violent crime rate decreased by 9.7% last year. This included fewer reports of murder, robbery, rape and aggravated assault.

Likewise, property crime dropped by 17.3%, reaching the lowest overall number since 1974.

The new report measures trends and distribution of crime across law enforcement agencies throughout the state. In 2021, 31 agencies reported crime data, representing 99.5% of the state’s population area.


— Alaska had 1,308 full time law enforcement officers – 1,192 men and 116 women. This includes city and borough police, as well as Alaska State Troopers.

— Alaska has 1.77 sworn officers for every 1,000 people. That’s better than the national average of 2.2 sworn officers per 1,000 people.

— From 1960 to 2022, Alaska has lost 47 officers who were killed in the line of duty.

— Alaska reports one murder every 8.5 days, one rape every 8 hours, one vehicle theft every 5 hours, one violent crime every 1.5 hours.

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Alaska crime falls to lowest levels since 1975

Joel Davidson
Joel is Editor-in-Chief of the Alaska Watchman. Joel is an award winning journalist and has been reporting for over 24 years, He is a proud father of 8 children, and lives in Palmer, Alaska.

1 Comment

  • Neil DeWitt says:

    This is overall great BUT, if you look at the rape numbers I see an increase. Who’s blowing smoke?