Police chief presents quarterly crime report to council
SNOHOMISH - Calls to the Snohomish Police Department are up, but that doesn’t mean crime is up.
Police Chief John Flood presented his quarterly crime update to the City Council last week.
Snohomish had 89 calls for theft, 26 calls for burglary, 22 calls for vehicle thefts and 30 calls for vehicle prowls between July and September.
Flood attributed a string of vehicle prowls to a suspect involved in an alleged drug house who was recently caught by police.
Flood said he’s “not overly alarmed” with the theft numbers because security guards for the big-box stores were patrolling Snohomish stores during this time period.
The department believes it squelched a rash of 15 vehicle prowls tied to an alleged drug house. Police arrested the suspect on outstanding warrants.
“I believe it can show a direct connection between drugs and car prowls,” Flood said.
Heroin and methamphetamine are back to their old levels, Flood said.
The department focused the past four years to rid Snohomish of heroin and methamphetamine. The work reached its peak in 2012 with two multistate federal drug trafficking shutdowns called Operation Black Ice and Operation Black Reign that included arrests of dealers in Snohomish.
Meth, in particular, is on the rise after years of being disfavored among drug abusers.
The main areas where theft is occurring continue to be Snohomish Station and the shopping centers at 13th Street and Avenue D. Downtown isn’t being hit hard by theft.
Snohomish Station reported 15 thefts between July and September, department figures show.
First Street “isn’t looking that bad,” Flood said.
Residential areas are also seeing much lower crime numbers.
Overall, the crime figures are consistent with other cities in the Sky Valley.
“Our numbers are consistent with Monroe,” Flood said.
Monroe had 138 crime incidents to Snohomish’s 94 between July and September.
On a per capita basis, Snohomish is experiencing about 10 crimes per 1,000 people to Monroe’s almost eight crimes per 1,000 people. Monroe is almost double Snohomish’s population.
Residents can now report traffic problems right to the department through the city’s new website.
The link to use on www.snohomishwa.gov is “Report a Problem.” The web link also lets people report code violations and other issues.
The department can act on non-emergency reports sent through the web link within minutes, Flood said.
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