Spokane now has the highest property crime rate among the state's large cities, up four percent over the past year. In the Spokane Mayor David's Condon's proposed budget for 2017, the Spokane Police Department will be able to fund four new resource officers.
Neighbors say dealing with property crimes can be frustrating.
“Everybody knows that property crimes are an issue in the Spokane area,” said Spokane Police Cpl. Teresa Fuller.
It's an increasing problem in Spokane.
“I've lived here 11 years and it's getting worse and worse,” said Spokane resident and vehicle prowling victim Kevin Ostbo.
Ostbo lives on Dalke, part of the Neva-Wood district. Property crimes are up nearly 10 percent compared to last year in that district alone.
“Car prowlings is [sic] the biggest issue,” said Ostbo. “The other one is residential burglaries.”
Ostbo said he's found thieves rummaging through his vehicle numerous times. He usually puts in a call to Crime Check, but sometimes feels like it's doing no good.
“They say they'll send somebody out and usually they're busy, they got other stuff they got to do. I get that,” said Ostbo. “They'll send somebody by if they can.
Cpl. Fuller says she understands those frustrations, but it's important that residents don't stop calling in these crimes.
“We really encourage citizens to report those crimes,” said Cpl. Fuller. “Even though it may not mean an officer is going to come out and take that report, please still report it because then we know there's an issue in that area.”
She says part of the problem is staffing in the police department.
“As far as detectives overall, we still aren't up to snuff when it comes to having the numbers that we should,” said Cpl. Fuller.
But for people like Ostbo who live in hot spots for this kind of criminal activity, moving seems like it may be the only option.
“Pretty much I want to move out in the woods and then I don't have to worry about it,” said Ostbo.
Cpl. Fuller says she understands how frustrating it can be when you call in and no officers show up. However, she wants to really encourage you to call in property crimes since that data is so valuable.
It's still to be determined where those four new resource officers will be placed.
To read Mayor Condon's proposal, click here.