Downtown police patrols lower crime by 20 percent

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by SHAWN CHITNIS & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on March 22, 2013 at 5:59 PM

Updated Friday, Mar 22 at 6:02 PM

SPOKANE, Wash. -- The Spokane Police Department says the new emphasis on downtown patrols has brought crime down 20 percent compared to the same time in 2012.

On Thursday morning, a man was arrested for trying to break into cars parked in an underground garage downtown.

Police say this is the latest example of targeting hot spots like Washington and Sprague as part of the new emphasis on downtown.

Officer Jeff Graves has worked Washington and Sprague for over a year and says the new patrols have made a difference  in the past few months.

Graves says, "So far it's been an effective way of trying to fight crime and it's something we'd love to continue."

 

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