Slight Increase in 3rd Quarter Crime Rates

The City of Mountlake Terrace saw a slight increase in dispatched police calls in the 3rd quarter of 2010. SNOCOM 9-1-1 dispatch statistics show Mountlake Terrace has a 4.89% increase in dispatched calls, while other comparable cities are showing a decline. City of Mountlake Terrace Police Chief Greg Wilson presented the 2010 third quarter department statistics to the City Council during the October 28 City Council Meeting.

“Citizens know that the City of Mountlake Terrace Police will respond to meet their needs,” said Chief Wilson. Wilson also said that contributing to the increase was the department reverting back to drawing case numbers for criminal traffic offenses to more accurately track arrest data. Each case number drawn attributes to a dispatched call.

Chief Wilson attributed the slight increase in crime to current economic conditions and the City of Mountlake Terrace Police Department’s proactive and directed enforcement. “We have more self initiated stops than most cities our size,” said Chief Wilson. “We are very proud of that statistic because it shows our commitment to make Mountlake Terrace a safe and attractive place to live, work and play.”

Additionally, criminal filing revenues generated through the Snohomish County South District Court for the quarter are up considerably since 2006.

Chief Wilson also presented the statistics for the Department’s code enforcement, electronic home monitoring and animal control programs. Wilson said that during the third quarter of 2010, the code enforcement program continued its momentum from 2009 with an emphasis on civil fines and criminal action to make sure people are following the codes.

  1. How many of those call are directly related to the transients, prostitution, and drug use going on at the Studio 6 Hotel, I wonder? We see Mountlake Terrace Police and Snohomish County Sheriff’s vehicles in the parking lot making arrests on an almost daily basis.
    In five years of living next door, we have never had the kind of trouble we are having now.

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