To answer your question more directly, it is an extremely safe area to live. Someone said it is primarily people leave cars unlocked and teenagers being teenagers get bored and do things they shouldn't.
Let me know if you need any more information.
I had checked the link you provided.
Numbers, frankly, do not look encouraging.
But everybody, the same as you , are saying that Meridian is very safe area.
Kind of strange, do not think somebody is making them up.
The only thing seems ligical is to come to the area and take a look.
I have never looked at the crime tab before because I don't know of anyone who has had a problem. My comment would be that the larger numbers appear to be located in a few areas - especially the downtown & commercial districts. When you move one or two miles out into the residential areas, in most cases you are looking at green.
Because you are concerned, here are links to the sex offender registry: http://www.isp.idaho.gov/sor_id/map_search.html
and info on crime in Idaho:
In 20+ years in Idaho, I have never had cause to be concerned.
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