City of Spokane Crime Rate Trend

City of Spokane Crime Rates 1985 through 2009

NOTE – the widely publicized and used Crime Check reporting system was shut down at the end of 2004 and did not resume operation again until 2007 – after which its availability no longer received the same publicity as it had before (as it seemed to me).

The shut down eliminated the 24 hour non-emergency reports of crime phone number. Crime Check was restored in 2007.  The elimination of Crime Check cut reported crimes in half. Consequently, Spokane does not have useful long term crime data on which to base decisions or judge whether or not programs and agencies are having a successful impact on addressing crime in Spokane.

Stated another way, the following chart is based on the official data but the data is nearly useless. I do not believe we can draw any conclusions about crime trends in Spokane.

City of Spokane Crime Rates 1985 through 2009:


Data source: FBI.gov. Chart created by InlandNW.Blogspot.com

National crime rate trend 2009 to 2010:

Chart source: FBI

While the national trend is down in all categories, the trend in Spokane is up in all but two categories, which are tied, for the first six months of 2010 compared to the first six months of 2009.

Note: The FBI says that they rely on local agency reports and it is possible that local agency reporting procedures have changed.

Data source: FBI. Chart created by InlandNW.Blogspot.com

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