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Reports Up, Major Crime Down in City, According to Police Annual Report

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Posted: Thursday, February 13, 2014 10:00 am

The number of reports filed by Washington police officers investigating various crimes and incidents last year increased over 2012.

Overall, however, reports of more serious crimes dropped in 2013, including burglary, robbery and stealing offenses.

Increases were reported in shoplifting, property damage, assault and drug-related crimes in 2013.

Officers filed 3,090 reports in 2013, an increase of 244 over the 2,846 reports posted in the previous 12 months, according to the police department’s annual activity report. There were 2,780 reports filed in 2011.

The annual report provides statistics on major crimes investigated, as well as miscellaneous violations and other activities conducted by officers throughout the year.

Police reported receiving 39,980 calls during 2013, but reports were not generated in the majority of those cases. That total compares to 35,573 calls for service in 2012.

There were no homicide or manslaughter cases reported last year or in 2012. In 2011, police investigated one vehicular manslaughter case.

Crime Reports

Following are the more major crime statistics in 2013 in which police officers filed reports and a comparison to the previous year:

Rape — one, down one;

Robbery — two, a decrease of two;

Assaults — 79, up seven;

Arson — none, down from three in 2012;

Knowingly burning — four, down one;

Burglaries — 56, a decrease of 17;

Shoplifting — 168, up 29;

Stealing — 179, a drop of 93;

Attempted stealing — five, up four;

Vehicle theft — 11, down two;

Sex-related offenses — 11, a decrease of four;

Fraud/forgery/counterfeiting — 64, down three;

Property damage — 182, an increase of 31;

Possession/receiving stolen property — none, down two;

Trespassing — 14, a decrease of six;

Possession/sale of drugs — 131, an increase of nine;

Manufacture of drugs — two, down three;

Child abuse/neglect — 10, a drop of eight cases;

Possession of alcohol by a minor — 17, down three;

Supply alcohol to a minor — none, down two;

Resisting arrest (state offense) — nine, an increase of six;

Resisting arrest (city offense) — nine, an increase of six;

Drug overdose — seven, down one;

Peace disturbance — 103, a drop of eight;

Domestic violence — 67, up one; and

Harassment — 14, an increase of five.

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