When Spokane Valley, Wash., police found Nathan John
 Calvert with a Jeep full of stuff, they had one big clue theft was
 involved: Calvert had said so on Facebook. But officers could find no
 police reports identifying the stolen goods and their owners. One
 possible reason: the police department in neighboring Spokane closed
 its property crimes unit last year and publicly announced it would only
 investigate about one in 20 property crimes. Now Spokane Valley cops,
 who still have a property crimes unit, often end up investigating
 Spokane thefts because repeat offenders strike in both jurisdictions.
 Plus some Spokane residents are investigating matters themselves.
 Property crime statistics did drop last year in Spokane, but it’s not
 clear whether that’s because of citizens’ independent work, or because
 people simply aren’t bothering to report crimes. Anne Kirkpatrick, the
 former police chief who closed the property crimes unit, says she’s not
 to blame: she’d warned city officials that if they kept cutting her
 budget, she’d close the property unit.

A THOUGHT : I guess closing the drug unit wouldn’t have been as good a threat.
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About Chase Morgan
Chase Morgan is just your average, ordinary All-American writer. Chase began writing several years ago, but never published anything until the "Are You Friggen' Kidding Me?" blog launched in August of 2009. Chase simply got tired of standing around and just observing all of the craziness in the world, so this anxious writer sat down and wrote the first "Are YOu Friggen' Kidding Me?" article on August 19th, 2009. Now, any time something makes Chase say, "Are You Friggen' Kidding Me?", the issue get's transformed into an article. Chase is currently single, homeless and living under a bridge in South Florida.

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