Lakewood WA, crime, July 2009 report

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  • Whenever I give this brief outside of Lakewood, I always start the presentation with the following question: “How many think crime in Lakewood is the worst in the County?” Generally 40% or more of the audience raise their hand; When I ask that those who think crime in Lakewood is the second worst in the County to also raise their hands…, most of the remaining hands go up. Clearly Lakewood is fighting a wide-spread perception of high crime rates.
  • Whenever I give this brief outside of Lakewood, I always start the presentation with the following question: “How many think crime in Lakewood is the worst in the County?” Generally 40% or more of the audience raise their hand; When I ask that those who think crime in Lakewood is the second worst in the County to also raise their hands…, most of the remaining hands go up. Clearly Lakewood is fighting a wide-spread perception of high crime rates.
  • Whenever I give this brief outside of Lakewood, I always start the presentation with the following question: “How many think crime in Lakewood is the worst in the County?” Generally 40% or more of the audience raise their hand; When I ask that those who think crime in Lakewood is the second worst in the County to also raise their hands…, most of the remaining hands go up. Clearly Lakewood is fighting a wide-spread perception of high crime rates.
  • Lakewood WA, crime, July 2009 report

    1. 1. Lakewood Police Department Monthly Crime Report <ul><li>C&I Report July 2009 </li></ul><ul><li>2008-2009 Comparison Charts </li></ul><ul><li>Gang Arrests </li></ul><ul><li>2008-2009 Traffic Accidents </li></ul>July 2009
    2. 2. Lakewood Police Department Crime & Incident Report July 2009
    3. 3. This is preliminary data provided by LESA Records based on the IBR report format. This data is accurate as of 8/21/2009. Lakewood Crime and Incident Report for July 2009 (Part One Crime – with Non-Aggravated Assault) Analyzing the different types of violent crime, we can see that aggravated assaults constitute 66% of Total Violent Crime, Robbery: 27%, Rape: 6.6% and Homicide: .5%. Robberies are up but the number that is really hurting us is the DV aggravated assaults (21). LESA numbers indicate a 21% rise in Violent Part 1 Crime Approx. 51% of 2009 Aggravated Assaults are DV* (based on reading all reports thru June09) 11% all felony violent crime in 2009 committed by military (38)    
    4. 4. Information contained herein is incident based (RMS) and is accurate as of 8/24/2009. Lakewood Crime and Incident Report for July 2009 (Part Two Crime) Part 1 Violent Domestic (Felony) Violence is up 31% roughly equal to the rise in Violent Crime all together. Of the domestic violence, we are seeing a fair amount of military and a fair amount of alcohol. The other interesting element of this equation is the amount of DV we’re seeing from apartments (~40%). 19% of YTD Felony DV committed by military.
    5. 5. DV Trends 2005-2009 Felony DV has risen steadily, the other types of DV have remained somewhat flat (trend).
    6. 6. Lakewood Police Department 2008-2009 Monthly Crime Comparison Charts January - December 2008-2009
    7. 7. Part One Crime includes: Violent Crime: Aggravated Assault, Homicide, Rape, Robbery Property Crime: Arson, Motor Vehicle Theft, Burglary (Residential and Non-Residential), Theft (All Larceny, except Auto Theft) Analysis Year to Date: Total Part One Crime is: 2008 Jul: 364 UCR 2009 Jul: 302 UCR (Preliminary) Decrease 12.5% YTD Jul 08-Jul 09
    8. 8. Part One Property Crime includes: Arson, Auto Theft, Burglary (Residential and Non-Residential), Theft (All Larceny, except Auto Theft) Analysis Year to Date: Property Crime continues to go down with auto thefts (-43%) and burglaries (-26%). Surrounding jurisdictions in Pierce County are experiencing a rash of residential burglaries. 2008 Jul: 311 UCR 2009 Jul: 252 UCR (Preliminary) Decrease of 17% YTD Jul 08-Jul 09
    9. 9. Lakewood PD Gang Related Arrests 2007-YTD 2009 These numbers are Warehouse derived and accurate as of 24 August 2009 Total 2009 Arrests as of 1 August 09 = 67
    10. 10. Gang involvement seems to be on the increase especially exacerbated by the recent (6-12 months) infusion of outside gangs into Lakewood (California, Yakima, Federal Way, Seattle, Chicago, Tennessee, etc). In previous years, Lakewood’s gang problem had been predominantly Tillicum Park Gangsters, Lakewood Hustler Crips and Eastside Locotes Surenos but recently there are numerous other Hispanic gangs, Chicago style gangs, California gangs and Yakima based gangs competing against one another for the drug trade. GANGS
    11. 11. Part One Crime includes: Violent Crime: Aggravated Assault, Homicide, Rape, Robbery Property Crime: Arson, Motor Vehicle Theft, Burglary (Residential and Non-Residential), Theft (All Larceny, except Auto Theft) Analysis: Aggravated Assaults went from 28 in June to 39 in July. YTD Violent Crime continues to be 21% higher than 2008. (Small numbers reflect large percentage changes.) Three factors that could contribute to this increase are: (1) The populations of McChord and Fort Lewis continue to grow without this increase being reflected in the city population. (2) In 2007 33% of all aggravated assaults were domestic violence related. In 2009 that number is nearly 51%, which may be as the result the increase unemployment rate to 9.4% in Pierce County. (3) Gang violence is on the rise not only in Lakewood, but all over Washington. 2008 Jul: 53 UCR 2009 Jul: 50 UCR (Preliminary) Increase 21.0 YTD Jul 08-Jul 09
    12. 12. Theory: Increased military population and an increased number of soldiers with combat tours in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere. While the population of Lakewood has remained constant according to the Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs (WASPC), the military population has risen dramatically. Much of this military population either resides or recreates within Lakewood yet is not figured into the population. So, there is violent crime proportional to a larger city than Lakewood’s 58,780 citizens and there is a parallel increase in crime along with this increase in military presence. There are no middle schools or high schools on Fort Lewis therefore, those dependent children attend Clover Park School District schools. A large portion of Fort Lewis and McChord AFB’s population eat, shop, drink and otherwise recreate in Lakewood on a daily basis because of Lakewood’s proximity to two large bases. The most indicative demonstration is to observe the trend line of Military Population and of Violent Crime. Why is crime going up in Lakewood?
    13. 13. Increase of Military Personnel/DOD Civilians and Dependents on Fort Lewis
    14. 18. Explanation of WASPC Numbers <ul><li>Population decrease is based on Office of Financial Management and much of that is based on taxes. Essentially, non-tax paying/non-working citizens skew the numbers downward </li></ul><ul><li>Lakewood’s numbers are reported by LESA in IBR (Incident Based Reporting) format even though we here in Lakewood submit everything in UCR (Uniform Crime Report) format. The differences are complex but in general, UCR uses a hierarchy rule (in a crime where multiple offenses occur, the most serious is counted). IBR essentially counts everything. UCR numbers are reported up to the day the data is pulled. IBR numbers continue to retrieve data entered after the fact. (So, in general, IBR numbers should be theoretically higher). </li></ul><ul><li>So, LESA pulls numbers and reports them to us in UCR but to the Feds in IBR. Then, WASPC takes the IBR numbers from an IBR Repository program and converts them back to UCR using an equation given to them by the FBI. We’re not sure how this formula works. </li></ul><ul><li>There are 53 jurisdictions in Washington reporting via IBR so only those jurisdictions would have that equation used to “fix” their numbers. </li></ul><ul><li>According to WASPC, “some are affected positively and some are affected negatively” </li></ul><ul><li>But all the numbers that were passed up to FBI for Lakewood came back down higher than what LESA told us they would be. </li></ul><ul><li>While we knew our violent crime had gone up from 8.2 per 1000 people to 8.4 per 1000. WASPC reported our numbers after the formula as 9.2 per 1000. Which is a significant jump. </li></ul>

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