Crime on Paper

Statistics released Monday by the state’s sheriffs and police chiefs association held some good news and bad news for Kitsap County.

Per capita violent crime in Bremerton — the city that holds the dubious distinction as highest in the state — fell from 11.7 incidents per thousand in 2005 to 9.6 incidents in 2006, according to the Washington Association of Sheriff’s and Police Chiefs.

On the flip side, Bainbridge Island — whose population growth and more affluent neighborhoods have seen more criminal activity of late — saw its total incidents of property crimes grow by about 20 percent from 2005 to 2006.

Overall Kitsap County crime statistics, which includes the sheriff’s office, local state patrol and the four municipal agencies, held steady. One notable decrease was in murders, with eight in 2005 down to 3 in 2006.

Only two actual murders were committed in 2006 in the county, with the third — the homicide by abuse case of Kimberly Forder — having led to a 2006 arrest though her 8-year-old son Christopher’s death occurred in 2002.

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