Friday, February 23, 2007

Eastside Crime Trends

Police chiefs from Bellevue, Redmond, and other Eastside cities met with Sen. Patty Murray to describe their concerns. Eastside police challenged by ID fraud, car thefts, drugs, Seattle Times, Feb. 23, 2007.

One trend is a sort of commute -- only instead of commuting from Shoreline to Redmond to work at Microsoft, some individuals are traveling from, say, Everett to Bellevue to steal a car and then to Kent to sell it. "Virtually everyone the police arrest is a meth addict," said one leader.

Since the federal government has tightened borders, law enforcement here is seeing more large-scale marijuana growing.

Many crimes involve multiple jurisdictions. For instance, many stolen goods go to Portland.

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