POPD by the numbers
June 12, 2008 · Updated 9:39 AM
Port Orchard had the sixth highest violent crime rate last year. The five cities with higher rates were, in descending order: Tacoma, Tukwila, Bremerton, Wapato and Lakewood.
Bremerton and Tacoma switched places from last year, when Tacoma held the third-place spot and Bremerton had the highest rate at 11.7 per 1,000 people in 2005. In 2006, Bremertons rate dropped to 9.6.
Port Orchards property crime total dropped by 13 percent last year, despite a 300-percent increase in arsons from 3 to 9 and and a 1-percent increase in burglaries, from 79 to 80.
The property crimes seeing a significant decrease were larceny/theft, lowering 19-percent from 321 to 260 and motor vehicle theft, which dropped 8 percent, from 53 to 49.
Port Orchard is ranked 58th in the state for property crimes, with Tukwila remaining at the top spot, and Union Gap, Burlington, Fife and Shelton rounding out the top five in nearly the same positions they held for 2005, although all the cities had lowered their rates significantly.
POPDs total calls for service have decreased for three years straight, with 13,436 in 2006, 13,982 in 2005, and 14,769 in 2004.
Service calls for other law enforcement agencies in the county were: Kitsap County Sheriffs Office, 100,042; Bremerton PD, 55,124; Bainbridge Island PD, 16,817, and Poulsbo PD, 13,369.
Calls to POPD for these incidents went down from 2005 to 2006: burglaries 20 percent; domestic violence 19 percent; shoplifting 64 percent; theft, 14 percent, and vehicle theft, 7 percent
Calls to POPD for these incidents went up: assaults, 13 percent; driving under the influence, 8 percent; fraud, 36 percent; graffiti, 4 to 20, 400 percent; intoxicated person, 25 percent; liquor violations, 59 percent; loud party, 59 percent; explosives, 150 percent, protection order violations, 48 percent, and robberies 40 percent.
Citations for these offenses went down: drug-related, 13 percent; DUIs, 55 percent, and theft, 41 percent.
Citations for these offenses went up: simple assault, 54 percent; speeding, 28 percent; open alcohol container, 260 percent.
The entire report can be viewed at the citys website at: www.cityofportorchard.us