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Property crimes down, assaults up in Shelton

Shelton-Mason County Journal of Shelton, Washington

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Police responded to 10, 218 calls In 2015

Burglaries and thefts dropped dramatically in Shelton in 2015 compared to the previous year, while the number of assaults increased.

Those are some of the crime trends highlighted in the Shelton Police Department's annual report for 2015, presented by Chief Darrin Moody on Monday evening at the Shelton City Commission meeting.

The number of burglaries dropped from 164 in 2014 to 94 in 2015. Theft complaints also decreased from 620 to 573 during the same period.

"We made a huge dent in burglary offenses," Moody said.

But the number of assault complaints increased from 113 in 2014 to 123 in 2015.

Overall, Shelton Police responded to 10,218 calls in 2015, compared to 9,557 in 2014.

Of those 10,218 calls, only 25 resulted in the use of force, Moody said. Eighteen of those cases involved alcohol or narcotics, and 21 of them occurred between the hours of 5 p.m. and 5 a.m.

No murders occurred in the city limits during 2015, the same as 2014. There was one attempted murder in 2014 and in 2015.

Hands, fists and feet were the most frequent weapons used in crimes at 81 incidents, followed by knives (12), blunt objects (7), vehicles (4) and firearms (3).

Police responded to eight more aggravated assaults than the previous year, most of them domestic violence incidents, Moody told the commissioners.

In 2015, the department handled 130 drug-related cases, 33 traffic offenses that occurred where drugs were located, and 15 cases involving drugs in Shelton schools.

Sixty-six adults were arrested for methamphetamine, followed by drug paraphernalia (30), heroin (16), pills (14) and meth-amphet-amine sales (2). In 2015, there were one arrest each for cocaine sales, hashish, heroin sales, marijuana sales and pill sales.

The number of reported motor vehicle thefts dropped from 39 in 2014 to 34 in 2015.

Most of the vehicles were stolen from the parking lots of businesses, Moody said. Most of the cars were used for transport, with many recovered in Thurston County, and not used for parts, he said.

"If you have a late 1990s Honda, get a Club (lock)," he suggested.

In the department's SWAT-K9 unit, Lily, the narcotics dog, worked 27 cases in 2015. She helped locate 49 grams of heroin — compared to 9 grams in 2014 — and almost 593 grams of methamphetamine, compared to 29 grams the previous year.

Reserve officers worked 938 hours in 2015, up from 630 in 2014.

The department has helped establish two neighborhood watch programs. If neighbors are interested in establishing a program, they can call the police department for help, Moody said.

'We made a huge dent in burglary offenses."

Darrin Moody, chief, Shelton Police Department

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Original Publication Date: June 23, 2016

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