SPOKANE, Wash.--A neighbor near Rochester Heights Park contacted KREM 2 News about problems he was noticing in and around the park near Crestline near Whitman Elementary School. KREM 2 on Your Side looked into crimes at Spokane-area parks.
“Not gangs, no guns, no stabbings. Just little gangs that are going to pick on this guy, and then go pick on this guy,” said one neighbor.
Crime statistics showed that there were 160 reports of property crime within one-half of a mile of Rochester Heights Park between July 2013 and July 2014.
There were similar numbers at similar parks across Spokane. There were 176 reports of property crime at Nevada Park. Grant Park on the South Hill had 192 reports and Mission Park had 261.
Police said they tried to crack down on the smaller, petty crime because it could grow into a bigger problem if they went unchecked.
For many parents, the numbers meant keeping a closer eye on their kids.
Spokane police said people should always report an issue, no matter how small it seemed.