Business owners disagree with dropping crime rate report



Posted on May 19, 2014 at 8:30 PM

Updated Monday, May 19 at 8:33 PM

SPOKANE, Wash.--A City of Spokane review released in May showed crime was going down in 2014. Yet, some Spokane residents said the review did not match what they saw in their neighborhoods.

The City reviews were like report cards and gave goals for each department on how to better perform. The review for the police department showed crime had been reduced since 2013.

Some business owners said crime was still a major problem in Spokane.

Daniel Zoesch said his business, Dan’s Pit Stop, had a rough start in 2014.

"I just don't think that the resources are there to help rid our problem that we have,” said Zoesch.
Zoesch said burglars continuously break into his auto shop. He said they stole whatever they could from cars he was trying to repair. He said he did not believe it when he heard crime numbers were down.

"I think it's still going up, I don't think we're attacking the problem at hand,” said Zoesch.

City of Spokane officials graded the Spokane Police Department in four areas. The report showed violent crime, burglaries and car thefts were all down in May.

Spokane Mayor David Condon said he wanted to see the crime numbers continue to go down and make a difference in people’s perception. He said that would hopefully happen by adding more officers and changing how the Spokane Police Department was run.

"Although how the numbers look, how are people feeling that these numbers look, I think that is a critical issue,” said Mayor Condon.

Business owners like Zoesch said they had to work together to keep crime down on their own.

"People need to watch out for each other, that's the main thing, it's the only way it's ever going to change,” said Zoesch.

Zoesch said some business owners live at work to protect their shops.