FBI Reports of property crimes in county up in 2015

first_imgThe number of people reporting property crimes in Clark County grew by about 5 percent from 2014 to 2015, according to the latest national crime statistics released Monday by the FBI.According to the FBI’s 2015 Crime in the United States report, the number of burglaries, thefts, and vehicle thefts reported to county law enforcement officials (not including the Washington State Patrol or Washington State University Vancouver) grew to 10,119 in 2015 from 9,604 the year before.Reported property crimes in Vancouver went from 5,259 to 5,554.However, the property crime report rate has been declining over time. From 2005 to 2015, the rate of reported property crimes per 100,000 Clark County residents — using population estimates from the state Office of Financial Management — was down almost 41 percent. In Vancouver, the rate has dropped about 36 percent.Nationwide, property crime reports were down. Reports dropped 2.6 percent in 2015, which the FBI said is the 13th year they’ve declined. All told, property crime victims suffered an estimated $14.3 billion in losses in 2015, excluding arson damages.The FBI reminded users that the report’s data often aren’t helpful for comparing agencies or areas, save with the broadest of strokes, and warned against reading too much into the information. Individual communities’ geography, demographics and other factors can all affect how crime manifests in one city compared to another. Also, not every crime is reported.last_img

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