WENATCHEE - The coronavirus pandemic is molding crime in the Wenatchee Valley, according to recent data released by local law enforcement.

The Chelan County Sheriff’s Office release of its Spillman Report shows some surprising and not-so-surprising stats about crime during the COVID-19 crisis.

The following data compares crime totals that span from Jan. 1 to May 31. The most recent data is compared to the same timetable over the last three years.

According to the report, DUIs are down 69%, drug related calls declined 34%, fraud calls were up 316%, and welfare checks increased by 14%.

Other statistics with a smaller margin of change include ‘suicide or attempted suicide’ which saw a 1% dip. Domestic violence calls increased 3%.

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When they say welfare checks they arent talking about welfare payments. They are talking about police being called to check on people to be sure they are safe and not in need of police or medical attention

The Rural Realist

That's great news that law enforcement now considers receiving a welfare check a crime similar to DUIs, drug abuse and fraud. It's about time!


Looks like it's long overdo to evaluate police budgets overall.

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