Visibility, proactive enforcement and thorough and complete investigation were key components in keeping crime rates low in the third quarter of 2044, according to Mountlake Terrace Police Chief Greg Wilson during a presentation to the City Council.
The Police Department responded to 10,045 calls for service in the third quarter of 2014. The patrol and traffic divisions continued their visible presence through traffic enforcement, conducting 6,220 traffic stops, which is an increase of 3 percent over last year. Of the 6,220 traffic stops, officers issued 3,424 traffic infractions. The police department investigated 210 traffic collisions, or an average of .8 collisions per day.
“There was a slight increase in property crimes,” said Deputy Police Chief Pete Caw. “We are addressing this issue by stopping and talking to people to see what they know, collaborating with various agencies, using a regional intelligence group to locate problem areas, and sharing information within shifts. People can do their part by keeping vehicles locked and not leaving anything in them to tempt thieves.”
The police department’s enforcement efforts continue to have an effect on the number of criminal/civil filings through Snohomish County District Court.
“We have had 2,453 filings through the third quarter with revenue of $218,451, which puts us on track to meet or exceed last year’s totals,” Caw said. “We’re not in business to make money, but every dollar recovered is one less dollar that we need to do business.”
For more information on the Third Quarter Police Department Report, visit the city’s website at www.cityofmlt.com and click on Online Public Meetings under Most Requested Services and then on the November 3, 2014 City Council Meeting.