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June 5, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Law-enforcement cuts

Failure to investigate encourages crimes

Tuesday’s paper ran a guest commentary titled “Law-enforcement cuts endanger public safety” [Opinion, June 2]. There’s a sentence in this article that reads, “Sheriff Sue Rahr decided her deputies will no longer investigate thefts or property crimes that caused less than $10,000 in damage.” In Wednesday’s paper, there’s an article titled “Prosecutors to get tough on repeat burglars.” Since deputies are “no longer” investigating burglaries, is Dan Satterberg expecting thieves to turn themselves in? And, just curious, what constitutes “investigating” a burglary? Rahr says they will “no longer” investigate.

For years, in unincorporated King County, when one is robbed, policeman come, write a report and tell you to contact your insurance company. They’re very clear that you will undoubtedly never see your stolen property again. Is that what “investigating” a burglary means?

I had a friend beg a policeman to get the fingerprint of the burglar who left a very clear handprint — five excellent fingerprints — on the window as the thief disappeared with thousands of dollars of goods from her home. The policeman refused; evidently that’s not within the scope of what an “investigation” entails.

Sadly enough, I think what this means for thieves is “business as usual.”

— Jean Bolton, Kent

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