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January 21, 2015 at 7:06 AM

Property crime: These crimes are not insignificant

I was appalled by King County Executive Dow Constantine’s (now-halted) plan to “book and release” felony suspects in drug and property crimes [“Facing complaints, county exec halts jail book-and-release plan,” Local News, Jan. 14]. I realize that there is an issue with the county’s budget shortfall. However, the message that was being sent is that these crimes are insignificant, therefore they will be swept under the rug.

Property crimes involve more than just property, and it appears that they are escalating and becoming more violent. Because the perpetrators are either not pursued, caught and punished, or caught and not punished, they just shrug it off and continue doing what they’re doing — stealing. There are no consequences, the crime can escalate, the perpetrators beat someone up or kill someone during the robbery.

So, what’s the answer? Make it clear that those who commit these crimes will suffer consequences.

The proposed book-and-release plan practically condoned theft and worse.

Cynthia Samuel-Zulch, Clyde Hill

Comments | Topics: crime, Cynthia Samuel-Zulch, Dow Constantine

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