New Washington report shows increase in violent crimes across the state

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SPOKANE, Wash. — A new report released Wednesday shows an increase in violent crimes and murders across the state. The Washington State Association of Sheriff’s and Police Chiefs releases the crime report each year.

Law enforcement agencies submit data to the National Incident-Based Recording System, which is how the report is compiled.

Agencies say it’s important to remember crime is a social problem and a concern for the entire community.

In the report, the Spokane County Sherriff’s Office arrested more than 1,000 people, with about 100 of them being juveniles.

The Sheriff’s Office reported vehicle theft is up 48 percent from 2020 to 2021, with a total of 348 vehicles stolen.

Fraud offenses were down by 55 percent from over 2,000 in 2020 to over 1,000 in 2021.

103 firearms were used in crimes, and over 600 were reported with a personal weapon. This means they used hands, fists, or feet.

The sheriff’s office says thieves stole more than $15,824,691 in property. The department was able to recover $2,285,954.

The Spokane Police Department arrested more than 3,000 people and 149 of those were juveniles. Spokane Police reported 14 murders in 2021, which is down 26 percent from 2020 when there were 19.

Aggravated assault was up 13 percent from 890 in 2020 to just over 1,000 in 2021.

Vehicle theft was up 5 percent in 2021 from the previous year.

SPD reported over $25 million worth of stolen property. The department recovered more than one million of the stolen property.

The report also shows over 48 percent of violent crimes were committed against women statewide, and about 16 percent committed against people under 18.

The most frequent month of crimes against persons occurrence was July, and the least frequent was in February.

A total of 592 hate crimes were reported in Washington.

The report shows there were 325 murders in 2021, which is about a 5 percent increase from the previous year.

You can view the report here.

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