SPOKANE, Wash.—New statistics out show crime was on the rise in 2010 in Spokane.
The F.B.I. tracks the number of crimes by type for cities across the country. The study reports Spokane saw a rise in violent crimes, forcible rapes, robberies, property crimes, burglaries, theft, and motor vehicle theft.
The largest increase was property crimes with more than 7,100 cases reported. Aggravated assault and arson were the only two categories that saw a decrease.
The Spokane Police Department said it is not surprised by the increase in crime and said the economy is most likely driving up the numbers.
The department said budget cuts have also forced a decrease in officers on the streets.
“It’s just tough. You just do what you got to do. We’re doing all we can but we’re living in a community that is getting more violent and more violent so we’re doing all we can,” said Officer Tim Moses.
One officer reported property crimes are typically at the bottom of the department’s priority list which could be one reason for such a large increase. The department said it focuses more on crimes that are active and crimes against people.