The Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs Monday released its yearly report about crime in Washington. Today, I’ll be analyzing our local numbers here in Kitsap and talking with chiefs in the area to find out where we are at.
I’ll be on Twitter Wednesday publishing the highlights from Kitsap’s four cities and Kitsap and Mason counties. I’ll post the tweets below:
- Port Orchard’s violent crime fell in ’08 by 38%, from the 2nd most violent per capita city to the 15th. Chief says its due to Mako’s closing.
- Bremerton’s overall crime fell in ’08 5.4%. Chief says drop due to proactive patrols which focus on problem spots.
- Poulsbo assaults, thefts jump in ’08. Chief is planning to divide areas up among cops, hone in on specific problems.
- Bainbridge Island’s overall crime down 14% in ’08. Decline mostly in property crimes. Thefts fell from 288 to 233.
- Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office: violent crime is up 16 percent, property crime up 5.5 percent. Assaults, burgs, thefts up most.
- Mason County Sheriff’s Office: burgs are up, thefts are down, violent crime held steady. I wonder how deputy cuts will affect things.
Here’s an interesting fact gleaned from the statistics: the percentages of cases “cleared,” or solved by law enforcement agencies in 2008: