Spokane – Programs to reduce property crimes and residential burglaries in Spokane County appear to be working.
Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich said increased community involvement and tips combined with the work of the Burglary Task Force has reduced burglaries in unincorporated Spokane County by 23% since April.
Statistics show from May 2012 to June 2012:
Commercial burglaries were down by 48%
Garage burglaries were down 32%
Residential burglaries were down 18%
Total property crimes were down 19%
In April, Sheriff Knezovich announced he was forming the Burglary Task force which would work along side the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office investigators, property crimes detectives and patrol deputies to address a spike in these kinds of crimes.
Since April to July 15, the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office and Spokane Valley Police have arrested 214 suspects on a total of 728 charges. Investigations in progress could net an additional 30 charges including felonies.