LACEY — New crime statistics just compiled by the Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs show a slight overall decrease in crime across the state.

Compiled from state, local and federal law enforcement agencies, the annual “Crime in Washington” report finds a slight drop, about 0.7 percent, in the category of crimes against persons, property or society. However, domestic violence remains a crucial problem: Such crimes amounted to 49 percent of all crimes against persons.

The stats break down to the local level. From 2017 to 2018, the number of reported crimes in Chelan County and Wenatchee went up by 143, mostly in categories of misdemeanor assault, theft and drug offenses.  

North Central Washington saw four murders in 2018, three of them in Douglas County.

A separate new report from finds Washington has become home to more hate crimes, with reported incidents rising from 291 in 2013 to 510 in 2017. Such cases are on the rise nationally, but the report put Seattle among the top five cities for growth in hate crime incidents.

The full report can be downloaded from WASPC at this link.

Jefferson Robbins: 679-7013

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