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Funds allocated to fight Spokane property crime

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Senator Baumgartner says it's absurd that Spokane has one of the highest property crime rates in the state. Senator Baumgartner says it's absurd that Spokane has one of the highest property crime rates in the state.
SPOKANE, Wash. -

$300,000 of the Washington state budget was allocated to help fight what one state senator called "the epidemic of property crime here in Spokane." 

It's been a huge issue with Spokane ranked 6th in the nation for vehicle theft in 2014 and it seems to be growing. 

Senator Michael Baumgartner (R) says these were his first efforts to the legislature about local property crime. 

"We have a property crime surge in Spokane and it's time to get serious about it," says Sen. Baumgartner.  

The Senator says the problem has gotten so bad that he felt the need to give additional resources to improve the problem.  The funding will be divided between the city, county and Spokane Valley, each receiving $100,000.    

"I've heard from tons of folks with really frustrating stories about being impacted by property crime and feeling that very little has been done about it," says Sen. Baumgartner.   

Maribeth Bosworth is one of those people who reached out to the Senator.  She's only lived in Spokane for less than a year but has already been a victim.

"We woke up one morning and they had gotten into our cars and rifled through everything," says Bosworth.  She then started hearing that many of her neighbors had been victims too.   

"Nobody's safe, it doesn't matter where you live," says Bosworth.  "This whole Spokane vicinity, the county everywhere is touched by it."

She started the Facebook group "Five Mile Crime Watch" and says it's for the community to share what's going on. 

"People are posting on it constantly," she tells KHQ.  "We're sharing stories, we're getting the facts of what happened."

Bosworth says it helps the community feel like they're doing what they can to fight the problem.  She's glad that now legislators are paying more attention and trying to do something about it.

 "It should be on everybody's agenda at this point," Bosworth said.  

Senator Baumgartner says it's absurd that Spokane has one of the highest property crime rates in the state and that the money is a small step to hopefully make an impact.  Baumgartner says with results they can possibly expand it. 

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