NORTH BEND, Ore. - Reports of crime in North Bend were cut in half last year.
According to a press release, property crime dropped 53.3% and violent crime was down 37.6% (47.3% lower than 2016) and the lowest North Bend crime statistics in more than two decades.
The total violent crime type in 2018 dropped to 68 from 109 in 2017.
Property Crimes in 2018 were 471, compared to 1009 in 2017.
According to North Bend Police, the significant drop is largely attributed to the addition of four officers and a restructured work schedule.
A staffing study in 2016 found officers spent 90-percent of their time with reactive policing of answering calls for service instead of pro-active policing that includes having more patrol cars on the streets.
"That restructuring, the change in shifts and the additional personnel as well as a concentration with the community to make sure that they were reporting crimes at low levels and that we were able to respond to them all contributed to better crime numbers,” said Chief Robert Kappelman, with the North Bend Police.
The new officers and 10hour shift would allow for 30 work hours in a 24-hour day, overlapping their work shifts during high-call volume time periods. A press release from the police department stated city leaders and citizens supported the move and the new officers were hired in summer and fall of 2017. 2018 was the first full year with the additional staff on board.
He says a goal for this year is encourage people to report anything suspicious and to maintain staff to maximize visibility in the community.