Crime

Robbery, rape and auto theft cases fall in Olympia through July

City of Olympia crime data through the first seven months of the year delivered a mixed bag of results, with the city showing improvement in some areas but not uniform improvement.

The data, which were released by the Olympia Police Department Office of Community Programs, compares the first seven months of this year to the first seven months of last year.

The data show:

-Robbery: Fell 8 percent with 23 cases reported. The “clearance rate,” which is the percentage of cases sent to the prosecutor’s office, was 81 percent. About 40 percent of the 23 cases were shoplifters using force against store personnel.

-Rape: Fell 37 percent with 12 reported. The clearance rate was 83 percent.

-Aggravated assault: Rose 18 percent with 46 reported. The clearance rate was 85 percent. About 40 percent of the 46 cases were related to domestic violence.

-Residential burglary: Unchanged from the same seven-month period last year with 154 reported. The clearance rate was 20 percent; the national average is 13 percent.

-Commercial burglary: Rose 5 percent with 65 reported. The clearance rate was 11 percent; the national average is 10 percent.

-Auto theft: Fell 17 percent with 58 reported. The clearance rate was 25 percent; the national average is 12 percent.

-Vehicle prowls: Rose 8 percent with 247 reported. Clearance rates for vehicle prowls are not tracked.

The city also released a separate category for downtown, just for last month, showing 49 nuisance crimes, 11 crimes against people, 14 property crimes and 53 warrants.

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