Clallam County crime rate down, according to WASPC


(Port Angeles, WA - 6/10/03) -- The overall Crime rate in Clallam County is down almost nine percent. That's according to statistics released for the year 2002 by the Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs.

The numbers give Clallam County jurisdictions a total crime rate of 54-point-8 percent per thousand -- which is down 8-point-9 percent in 2002 as compared to the previous year.

The crime rate reported for both the Clallam County Sheriff's office and the Sequim Police Departments were both down last year. Crime reported to the Sheriff's office was down 2-point-8 percent last year.

The Sequim crime rate dropped 1 percent. The crime numbers were also down in Port Angeles last year from 897 to 815, a decrease of 9-point-1 percent. Police Chief Tom Riepe is pleased with the decrease in crime in most categories of violent and property crimes.

The exception was a 76 percent increase in the number of motor vehicle thefts - up from 29 in 2002 to 51 last year.

Meantime, crime statistics decreased 35 percent in Forks last year, dropping from 280 in 2001 to 182 in 2002. The annual crime statistics are complied by the Uniform Crime Reporting Section of the Washington Association of Sheriff's and Police Chiefs.


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