New report shows property crime spike in Kootenai County



Posted on September 19, 2013 at 6:20 PM

Updated Thursday, Sep 19 at 7:00 PM

KOOTENAI COUNTY, Idaho -- The FBI released its annual report on U.S. Crime for 2012. While violent crime went mostly unchained in Kootenai County, property crime was markedly higher according to the report.

Coeur d'Alene police said they acknowledge the increase between 2010 and 2012. But police also said they are making srides in reducing those numbers.

"Coeur d'Alene is a great place to live," said Detective Jared Reneau of the Coeur d'Alene State Police, "but we have crime here."

The number of burglaries jumped more than 51% in Coeur d'Alene alone. Detective Reneau said that is in part to a group of criminals that were working together during that time and were later arrested.

Officials blame other factors also.

"So many of our burglaries are tied to drug problems. People are stealing items from cars and homes to sell to get money to buy drugs," Det. Reneau said.

But despite the past increase, Reneau said the department is actually seeing a decrease in 2013. According to police data, the amount of burglaries through July of 2013 is down 27% compared to the previous year.

Reneau credited a proactive approach across the board.

"But I think the big thing, what we've noticed in the drop is it has to do with the community being aware," said Det. Reneau. "There's a lot of people that are a lot more aware of their neighborhood and what's going on in their neighborhood."

While burglary numbers are trending down in 2013, Reneau said that it doesn't mean the job is over. He said homeowners can do their part by staying vigilant and calling police whenever they see something suspicious.