By Jack MayneDespite fears in Burien that crime is increasing, Police Chief Ted Boe says the general city and King County crime rate is going down â€“ except for car thefts.
â€œAuto Theft is currently up and burglaries are down in July but had been above 2017 for May and June,â€ the chief said. â€œBoth you and the community can see the local crime trends in near real time by going to www.crimereports.com.â€
Police generally separate crimes into two groups:
Part One, which includes murder and non-negligent homicide, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, motor vehicle theft, larceny-theft, and arson.
Part Two crimes include most of the rest, such as simple assault, loitering, embezzlement, forgery, disorderly conduct, driving under the influence, drug offenses, fraud, gambling, including offenses against the family, prostitution, public drunkenness, runaways, sex.
Car theft season
“Car thefts usually increase in the fall and winter months,â€ Boe said, and citizens â€œcan help us to reduce the incidents by not warming up their cars in the driveways, leaving their cars running when they run into the store and locking their cars when parked overnight, that would be helpful. As you know, both opportunity and intent are required for crime to occur. The community can help by reducing the number of opportunities available to those who intend to commit such crimes.”
He said that Burien Police and the King County Sheriffâ€™s Office are â€œcurrently analyzing the auto theft data, as usually a spike in those numbers is attributed to a small number of active car thieves.
â€œOur detectives have identified suspects and charged on several cases recently, but the suspects don’t appear to be connected on the charged cases.â€
More visible police
The Burien Policeâ€™s â€œcurrent proactive effortsâ€ include bike patrols in the downtown area, partnering with service providers to address chronic issues in the community, the ones that â€œare not crime specificâ€ and continue, when time permits, what some Councilmembers have called â€œsmiling policeâ€ proactive patrol efforts.
The chief said his officers â€œdepend on the community to be our eyes and ears and report suspicious behavior and activity so officers can respond.â€
â€œWe respond to all requests for an officer, but often have more calls than officers so there can be a time delay,â€ Boe said. â€œWe don’t want to miss an opportunity to prevent a crime from occurring, or address behavior that may compromise public safety.â€]]>