WASHINGTON STATE – Although overall crime in Washington state dropped last year, crimes against people are up, including violent crime, which rose 16%.
The Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs released its 2018 Crime in Washington report Tuesday, which tracks crime and arrest data. Overall crime declines a little under 1%, but the report found crimes against people, which include assault, murder, and rape, went up 4.3%.
Crimes against property, such as theft, fraud, and destroying property, went down a little, and crimes against society, which includes drug and weapon law violations, went up almost 7%.
Assaults against law enforcement officers were also notably up. In 2018, there were almost 1,700 assaults against officers, which is a 40% increase over the last four years, according to the report.