Pinal is safest in state among big counties

By Mark Cowling | Casa Grande Dispatch

According to 2017 statistics, Pinal County residents have the lowest chance of being a crime victim among the state’s five most populous counties.

The recent annual budget process showed Pinal County spends $63.8 million per year on various personnel and expenses related to criminal justice, but “I think you’re getting a pretty good bang for your buck,” Pinal County Attorney Kent Volkmer told the Board of Supervisors on Wednesday.

Pinal County had 167 violent or serious crimes per 10,000 people. The rate was effectively double in Maricopa County with 347, and about 2.5 times as high in Pima County at 438. Even counties far less populous than Pinal, Yavapai and Yuma, had higher crime ratios, 215 and 223 respectively, Volkmer said.

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