Will Kitsap’s Recent High-Profile Crimes Impact its Overall Crime Rate?

In a recent interview with Kitsap Sun reporter Brynn Grimley, Kitsap County Sheriff Steve Boyer had this to say about a recent string of North Kitsap burglaries.

“This is going to have a significant impact on the crime rate in the county,” Boyer said, implying with these people behind bars, there will be less major thefts going on.

The idea that in Kitsap County, population approximately quarter-of-a-million, would see an increase or decrease due to a few criminals on an burglary spree, is one I would question. But given that we’re talking more than 100 break ins and $250,000 worth of stolen stuff, I suppose Boyer may be on to something.

These thefts, after all, aren’t the only high profile crimes that have been hitting the pages of our paper.

Here’s two recent examples:

*A group of Everett residents allegedly burglarized a Hood Canal home in January, taking about $1 million worth of property. The sheriff’s office has all but put the wraps on their investigation and about a half-dozen suspects have been charged.

*A Bremerton man is reported by Bremerton detectives as being a one-man crime wave, hitting at least 16 businesses in East Bremerton and around the peninsula this past year. Roger Murdock, 36, remains at the Kitsap County jail on six felony charges.

The cumulative effect of these three crimes may indeed impact the county’s burglary rate. Without speculating further, here’s a way we can prove it: at the end of March, the Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs (WASPC) will release its preliminary crime statistics report for 2007.

Then, we can let the numbers do the talking.

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