Snohomish crime stats show increase in arrests
SNOHOMISH — On paper, crime is up in Snohomish, yes, but mainly because of an increased presence of police making contact with those that commit the crimes.
“We’re right in the ballpark for the same time this year as last,” Snohomish Police Chief John Flood said while presenting his quarterly crime report. “My guys are out there, we’re proactively looking for crime.”
Flood said the main focus of the department’s efforts has been Snohomish Station because of the shoplifting issues there.
This quarter saw 1,676 self-initiated calls to Snohomish Police. People are actively reporting crime, and the officers are out there.
The results are showing.
“We have not had any shoplifting arrests in 38 days at Snohomish Station,” Flood told the City Council last week. “Some of that is attributed to our focus out there, and also the word is out in the criminal network that if you shoplift in Snohomish, you will get arrested.”
Flood explained that property crime numbers are up because deputies are looking for it. The second quarter saw 146 thefts compared to 73 last year.
“We went out looking for theft, and we found theft,” Flood said, adding, “We’re trying to get ahead of the problem instead of behind the problem.”
Burglaries are stable, coming in at 28 this quarter. “Twenty-eight burglaries – that’s a fairly low number,” Flood said. “We’re never going to completely eliminate the burglary aspect.”
He compared Snohomish to the south side of the county, where they see over 100 burglaries per month. In searching for a pattern in crime, Flood theorized that most crime occurs in the afternoon hours, based on calls and the fact that criminals on drugs tend to “sleep it off” until the afternoon.
Also, for property-related incidents, owners and victims don’t usually find out that their home or out building has been broken into until they return from work in the late afternoon.
For traffic stops, the number was significantly up at 258 traffic stops in the second quarter compared to 187 this time last year.
Snohomish’s crime per 1,000 capita was the highest among east county cities, coming in 14.3 whereas Monroe had 8 crimes per 1,000, Sultan had 6.4 and Gold Bar had 3.4.
Flood said that was to be expected and that next quarter, that number should be more in line with nearby cities.