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KHQ Exclusive: Property Crimes By the Numbers

SPOKANE, Wash. - In the City of Spokane last year, it didn't matter where you lived, how nice your home was, or what kind of car you drove. It seemed, no one was spared from being a victim of property crimes when budget cuts couldn't afford to spare the officers who investigated them.

On July 1, the Spokane Police Department cut eight detective positions through attrition, effectively disbanding the Property Crimes Investigations Unit. Police encouraged people to continue reporting property crimes but said only five percent would be investigated.

Suddenly, many people whose homes were broken into, and car prowled and stolen, were left to their own devices. 

For the first time Tuesday, KHQ Local News revealed exclusive year-end data, straight from the Spokane Police Department, that showed exactly how many car prowls, thefts and burglaries impacted the citizens of Spokane.

"We did not want to cut our property crimes unit," Spokane Police Strategic Crime Analyst Carly Cortright said. "I think there's a very big misperception that that was something we wanted to do and that wasn't true. It was a budgetary decision."

Cortright said property crimes were virtually unchanged from 2010 to 2011. In fact, there were three fewer reported property crimes in 2011, dropping slightly from 15,042 to 15,039. Considered another way, for every 1000 citizens in the City of Spokane, 72 of them will be a victim of a property crime.

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