Spokane police reports lower crime rates

SPOKANE, Wash. - Although Spokane police are still trying to crack to unsolved murder cases, the police department said crime rates were lower in June. 

On Monday, the police department sent out their monthly crime analysis report. The report said there were some areas of crime that dropped in June. 

"The good results we had for the month of June was a decrease in violent crime and property crime," said strategic analyst Carly Cortright. 

Spokane County reports lower crime rates

In fact, the report showed violent crime dropped 17 percent for May while burglary dropped by nine percent. The police department said there are several factors that help drop burglary statistics. 

"We had our detective unit staffed at the appropriate level. We had some light duties officers working in there. We had our vacant crime analysis position filled and I think putting all of those pieces together was just the right combo," said Cortright. 

The biggest decline in crime numbers came from vehicle prowling which dropped 25 percent from May. 

"It's been up really high all year. It came down quite a bit partly because of the results of our 'Move It Or Lose It' campaign," Cortright said. 

The "Move It Or Lose It" campaign was launched by the Spokane Police Department to help curb car prowling in Spokane. 

The police department said in the month of July, they already saw some of the crime numbers rise. 

Violent crime rose at the beginning of the month mostly due to escalating violence in downtown. However, after putting more emphasis in that area, Cortright said those numbers have decreased dramatically and are now at an average level. 

"Crime never takes a vacation. We get some people in jail (and) they get back out. We are already seeing the burglary numbers in July (are) higher than we would (in other months). Some of that is in the warmer weather with people leaving windows open. It just opens that opportunity for people to break in," said Cortright. 

Due to several unsolved murder cases in 2012, the Major Crimes team has been busy. Just halfway though the year the department already maxed out their overtime. 

"We are moving money around from other budget lines to compensate for it. We have to make wiser choices in other departments because of it," said Cortright. 

Cortright also said compared to this time last year, Spokane officers responded to 10 percent more calls.