Downtown Spokane crime on the decline

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by HAYLEY GUENTHNER

KREM.com

Posted on April 24, 2013 at 6:41 AM

Updated Wednesday, Apr 24 at 5:21 PM

SPOKANE, Wash. -- New stats show Downtown Spokane is safer than it's been in years. The Spokane Police Department said it's all due to a new unit focusing solely on the area.

At the beginning of the month, we told you the unit was working hard to suppress crime in alleys downtown. Sgt. Dan Waters said a consistent police presence in the alleys is a powerful tool to keeping criminals away.

Overall, crime is down by 22 percent.

The alleys have been known to be a hot spot for drugs, thefts, and robberies. Folks working downtown said in just a few weeks time, that's not the case anymore.

"The crime is down a lot," said Chris Dempsey, who works downtown. "The street people aren't hiding out as much. People aren't disrupting businesses or customers."
 
On an average weekend night, you can find anywhere between six and 12 officers patrolling downtown. That can take resources away from other parts of town, but SPD says they put the most resources into the areas data shows need them the most.

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