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Crime Rates On The Decline In Yakima

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 YAKIMA, WA.- The City of Yakima has seen it's fair share of crime through the years, but Tuesday, the City Council invited the public to check out new statistics that show how crime rates have dropped over the past year.

"Safe Yakima Valley" and the Yakima City Council met Tuesday afternoon to share new stats on the city's declining crime rates.

Safe Yakima Valley is a group devoted to working with the city to create a better living and working environment for residents.

The most recent crime statistics show that "serious crime" in Yakima has dropped by 21 percent over the past two years. 

Auto thefts are down 37 percent, burglaries declined by 33 percent, and robberies dropped by 28 percent, just in 2014.

Yakima Police Chief Dominic Rizzi told KNDO he's encouraging people to take advantage of the downtown areas.

“I'm encouraging everybody to get out, come downtown, do your shopping downtown, because you're going to see it is a great downtown and it's only getting better,” Rizzi told KNDO.

According to a 2013 survey from the Washington Association of Police Chiefs and Sheriffs, Yakima ranked 25th on a statewide list of cities with high crime.

The city is confident Yakima will be even lower on that list when the 2014 results are released.