In the first six months of 2017, Pierce County Sheriff’s deputies say an analysis of the crime statistics shows armed robberies and home burglaries are down. Detectives say one reason may be that more people have surveillance and security systems in their homes, which makes for harder targets for crooks. The department’s Property Crime Unit is also seeing success.
“We’re able to go out and actively work these people, hold them responsible, put them in jail and we see our crime numbers dropping,” said Det. Ed Troyer.
However, the numbers aren’t all good. While armed robbery is down 22 percent and residential burglary is 33 percent below normal, mail theft is up 20 percent and shoplifting is up 45. Deputies say you can link those crimes to heroin possession, which is up 12 percent year to date.
“Unfortunately, with the heroin use going up dramatically, you have these people who have to supply their habits. They are not usually the type that are going to go and kick your door in and drive around and do major residential burglaries but they are going to steal your mail. They’re going to steal your lawnmower. They’re going to steal your bike and probably anything else you don’t have tied down because a good hit of heroin is only five bucks and if they can steal something worth a couple of $100 and they can get $5 for it, they will,” said Troyer.
Domestic violence aggravated assaults are 12 percent above normal and domestic violence harassment order violations are up 31 percent. “That doesn’t necessarily mean there are more incidents of domestic violence. It could mean more people are reporting it now which is a good thing,” said Troyer.