Police focus on decreasing Downtown Spokane crime

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by KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on July 29, 2013 at 7:10 PM

Updated Monday, Jul 29 at 7:21 PM

SPOKANE, Wash.--Police reported a 20 percent decrease in Downtown crime in the first three months of this year. Police said they haven’t let up on their efforts to make downtown a safe place to live or visit.

But during the high-crime months of summer, their job has gotten harder.

“I've had my windows broke out of my car, my CD player, my CD's stolen. Anything,” Ben Blazovich, a resident of Browne’s Addition, said.

Now, seven months in to focusing on decreasing the crime, the number of crime across the board has dropped to ten percent. However, violent crime has ticked up two percent.

The number one problem remains with vehicle theft up a full 36 percent. Officials say even a ten percent decrease in downtown is a victory.

They said they’re going to do whatever it takes to make sure crime goes back down.  Officials say the increase in petty theft is often because of kids who are out of school for the summer.

It is expected the numbers will drop back down in the fall.

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