Spokane Crime Rates in Charts
June 8, 2014
Overall Crime Rate Compared to Washington and the U.S.
Source: Spokane, WA Crime and Crime Rate using their proprietary data analysis method.
Crime in Spokane is much higher than in the State and the United States.
The next set of charts come from the Washington State Statistical Analysis Center operated by the state government. They also show much higher crime in Spokane than elsewhere.
VERY IMPORTANT: The crime rate between 2005 and 2008 was down sharply because the “Crime check” crime reporting telephone phone service was shut down, making it harder to report crimes. It would be appropriate to just draw a straight line from the peak in 2005 to the peak in 2012. During that time, they also announced they would no longer be investigating property crimes! Duh! People stopped making as many property crime reports, while violent crime was typically a call to 9-1-1 and not affected by the Crime Check shutdown.
Update: Spokane is using the ComStat system described here, which has been shown elsewhere to encourage politicians and police to distort the collected data reports in a way that makes crime look less bad. Politicians distort the data indirectly by, say, establishing policies that encourage police to massage the data.
A retired Spokane Police detective posted numbers for 2012 versus 2013 in a comment to the Spokesman-Review. They are shown at the end of his comment . You will probably have to click on “SEE MORE” at the bottom of the link to see the full comment and the data. In most categories, crime is up between 2012 and 2013.
Spokane has ranked between the 4th and 9th worst rate of auto theft in the nation recently. As of 2013, Spokane has moved up in the rankings to 7th place! Except, that’s in the wrong direction!