WE OFTEN SEE IT ON OUR KXLY4 FACEBOOK PAGE.
CLAIMS THAT SPOKANE IS MORE DANGEROUS THAN EVER.
BUT ACCORDING TO NEW STATISTICS FROM THE F-B-I.
THAT MAY NOT QUITE BE THE CASE.
NEW STATS SHOW.
VIOLENT CRIME AND PROPERTY CRIME WERE DOWN SLIGHTLY
KXLY4'S DREW REEVES IS WORKING 4 YOU.
HE SPOKE WITH POLICE TODAY.
DID POLICE GIVE YOU ANY REASONS WHY THEY BELIEVE CRIME
POLICE GAVE ME A COUPLE OF REASONS WHY THEY BELIEVE
NUMBERS WERE DOWN.
INCLUDING TARGETING REPEAT OFFENDERS.
AS WELL AS THE SUCCESS OF THEIR NEIGHBORHOOD COPS
THESE STATISTICS DON'T TAKE INTO ACCOUNT NUMBERS FROM
WHICH MAY NOT SHOW THE SAME SUCCESS.
The reality is that crime is a community issue, and
it takes a community to resolve that issue.
SPOKANE POLICE AND COMMUNITY MEMBERS ARE STILL CELEBRATING
THE NEW NORTHEAST SPOKANE COPS SHOP.
WHICH OPENED ITS DOORS YESTERDAY WHEN IT COMBINED
WITH THE POLICE DEPARTMENT'S NORTH PRECINCT.
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Since the precinct itself is here and it's a natural
hub for police, as well as for citizens to have access
to law enforcement, it only makes sense to have our
AND IT'S COMMUNITY PRECINCTS LIKE THIS.
THAT POLICE SAY HAVE HELPED THEM REDUCE CRIME IN SPOKANE.
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MAJOR JUSTIN LUNDGREN
It gives them an opportunity to get to know the people
in the neighborhood, not only the offenders but also
the community members.
ONE MAN WHO STOPPED BY THE NORTHEAST PRECINCT TODAY
SAYS HE DIDN'T EVEN KNOW IT EXISTED.
HE DROPPED BY WHEN HE HEARD THEY WERE GIVING AWAY
FREE CLUBS FOR FREQUENTLY STOLEN VEHICLES.
BUT SAYS HE'S HAPPY TO KNOW SOMETHING LIKE THIS EXISTS
IN HIS COMMUNITY.
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This way they get it out to the community how we can
best work to help them do their job, and I think it's
a fantastic idea.
POLICE SAY TARGETING REPEAT OFFENDERS HAS ALSO HELPED
THEM KEEP CRIME DOWN IN SPOKANE.
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MAJOR JUSTIN LUNDGREN
Not only does it impact the crime rate, but overall
public safety is impacted when those offenders aren't
on the street.
HOWEVER, THE NUMBERS MAY NOT BE AS SUCCESSFUL NEXT
POLICE SAY IN 2016.
SO FAR, THEY'VE SEEN AN INCREASE IN VEHICLE THEFTS
BY ABOUT 21 PERCENT OVER LAST YEAR.
THOUGH, THE DEPARTMENT SAYS IT'S STILL DOWN FROM WHAT
THOSE NUMBERS WERE IN 2014.
THE MAYOR'S BUDGET PROPOSAL FOR NEXT YEAR ALSO PROVIDES
THE SPOKANE POLICE DEPARTMENT WITH FOUR NEW NEIGHBORHOOD
POLICE SAY THEY WILL BE ANALYZING WHICH COMMUNITIES
THOSE OFFICERS WILL HAVE THE MOST IMPACT IN.
REPORTING IN SPOKANE.
DREW REEVES, KXLY 4 NEWS.