Spokane Police’s strategic analysis reports there was a 35% decrease in burglaries following the joint-agency operation where 174 offenders were arrested for felony warrants on June 24. In Spokane County, there were 60 arrests for offenses including burglary.
During the low, about 40 burglaries were reported across the city. New statistics out of SPD now say burglaries increased above the city average level in the weeks after.
“We’re not sure if we got all the guys in jail or if it was police presence,” crime analyst Carly Cortright said. “Some of the guys were arrested, but released.”
Police cite awareness campaign for drop in vehicle prowling
Vehicle prowling has dropped significantly since the start of vehicle prowling awareness campaign by Spokane Police called “Remove it or lose it.” Thefts from vehicles dropped 25% from May to June and has consistently since the unprecedented level reported earlier this year.
The awareness campaign officially started on July 1 and consisted of flyers placed in some grocery store shopping bags, but the campaign was teased earlier and for those that participated in Hoopfest, you may have also noticed a flyer in your bag.