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Crime rates up around state

SNOQUALMIE VALLEY - The state saw a slight increase in crime last year according to the Crimes in Washington 2003 Annual Report.

Released on July 27, the report outlines a total of 312,025 crimes committed in 2003. That total accounts for a 2-percent increase since 2002. In Snoqualmie and North Bend, figures for many of the crime categories have slightly increased along with the population for both areas.

Property valued at more than $330 million was stolen in Washington in 2003, with 37.5 percent ($124 million) of it recovered, a 1.1 increase in recovered property from 2002.

According to the report, there were four law enforcement officers killed in the state in 2003, and a total of 1,140 law enforcement officers were assaulted during the year. Assaults on officers showed a decrease of .35 percent from the 1,144 officers assaulted in 2002. Situations in which an officer is most likely to be assaulted is responding to disturbance calls. The report states that during a 24-hour period using 8-hour shifts, 8 p.m.-4 a.m. was the shift in which an officer was most likely to be assaulted in 2003.

A total 252,521 arrests were made in 2003 (15 counties had at least one agency that failed to report yearly figures), an increase of 3 percent from the previous year.

There were 26,498 reported drug arrests in 2003, 11.8 percent of which were for persons under the age of 18, the report stated.

A total of 38,977 arrests were reported for driving under the influence (DUI), which accounted for 15.4 percent of the total arrests reported in 2003. Of those arrested for DUI, 38,353 were adults and 625 were juveniles.

The estimated population of Washington for 2003 was 6.09 million, an increase of .9 percent from 2002.

In North Bend, there were 220 offenses in 2003, an increase of 10 percent (20 crimes) from 2002. Larceny crimes, or theft of personal property, were down by 5.8 percent (or eight incidences) in 2003, but motor vehicle theft was up from nine in 2002 to 25 in 2003, the report stated. Aggravated assault was up from eight incidents in 2002 to nine in 2003.

In Snoqualmie, total crimes were up from 122 in 2002 to 125 in 2003. Violent crimes doubled in 2003 with four arrests, and aggravated assault crimes were up from two in 2002 to three in 2003. Burglary was among the biggest increases, up from 16 incidents in 2002 to 31 in 2003. Larceny was down 16 percent from 2002.

For information or to view the entire report, visit www.waspc.org.

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