CRIME TRACKER: Property crimes down in Pasco

PASCO, Wash. -- The KEPR Crime Tracker found overall crime in Pasco dropped last year. Despite the recent outcropping of burglaries, total property crimes dropped year-over-year. We dug up all the numbers.

"It's horrible, horrible. All our stuff was gone. Luckily, no one was home, so none of us got injured," said Pasco resident Alfonso Ramirez.

Alfonso Ramirez knows what it's like to be violated. A couple years ago, all his family's valuables were snatched when they weren't home.

"TV's, Xboxes, all my mom's jewelry that she collected for years," said Ramirez.

But Alfonso is quick to say he believes his community is a peaceful one.

"I grew up in this community, and I know most of the people here, and I feel safe around here," said Ramirez.

He wasn't surprised when we showed him the year-end numbers from Pasco Police. Property crimes are going down. Burglaries dipped year-over-year, down 12 percent last year. Auto thefts plunged even further by almost a quarter. Thefts were nearly flat, just a three percent bump.

While 2013 marks a drop for some property crimes, it also reports a slight uptick for gang crimes. Officials attribute that to the good work of the street crimes unit holding criminals accountable.

The new crime unit served almost 700 arrest warrants last year, and executed almost 80 search warrants.

"It gives them a chance to work intelligence, to get the information needed, to look at the issues, the problem areas and deal with them as they come up," said Pasco Police Chief Robert Metzger.

But overall crime has dropped. A trend that comforts citizens like Alfonso. A push to make this city even safer.

Pasco Police uses geo-based policing. They say assigning particular officers to one of four segments in the city has proved to be an effective approach.