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In recent months, North Bend has experienced several high-profile criminal incidents that have brought the statewide rise in crime to the forefront of residents’ and councilmembers’ minds.
As an added item to the February 6 North Bend City Council meeting, Snoqualmie-North Bend Police Chief Brian Lynch provided a Police Department Update to the community, where he acknowledged growing concerns and gave context to recent incidents of crime in North Bend, while also addressing a pathway moving forward.
“I have heard the concerns from the Councilmembers over this last week, and they are the same concerns I have as a citizen of this neighborhood, and my family who lives here as well,” said Chief Lynch. He shared an overview of anomalous, recent crimes that occurred in North Bend between November 14, 2023, and February 5, 2024. He also noted his recent meeting with the Public Health and Safety Committee, where he spoke of this subject with committee members.
“It should be noted that all of these people are not from the Valley,” Chief Lynch said. These crimes are “not home-grown. Mostly, we see cars coming up Highway 18 from the south end of the County,” he continued. “This is not just a Valley problem. This is an everywhere-in-the-state-of-Washington problem,” Chief Lynch said.
He provided a brief overview of crime statistics across the entire State of Washington for 2021 and 2022, adding perspective to what is happening on a larger level. Chief Lynch noted a five percent increase in crimes against persons, and 10 percent increase in crimes against property in the State in 2021 through 2022. Statistics for 2023 will be made available this summer, he added.
In his Update, Chief Lynch spoke about a path forward, and ways that the Snoqualmie Police Department can continue to help. He spoke about a recent meeting with Mayor Miller, Councilmember Rustik, and representatives of Simon Property Group, owners of the North Bend Premium Outlet Mall.
Ideas the Department is considering utilizing right now in preventing future burglaries include:
Chief Lynch recommended elected officials and citizens consider sharing your concerns about local and statewide crime with our state legislature. Here are a few simple ways to connect:
Watch Chief Lynch’s presentation at the February 6 City Council meeting by visiting the City’s Media Center webpage (beginning at 16 minutes in).