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Attacking Auto Theft in Washington State: The Redmond Initiative

NCJ Number
Police Chief Volume: 76 Issue: 4 Dated: April 2009 Pages: 124,127,129
Doug Shepard
Date Published
April 2009
3 pages
This article describes the Redmond (Washington) Police Department’s Auto Theft Tactical Analysis Center for King County (ATTACK center) and Car Theft Initiative and its impact on regional auto theft.
The impact of the Auto Theft Tactical Analysis Center for King County (ATTACK center) and the Car Theft Initiative has been significant. Car theft in King County has been declining since the beginning of 2007 and continued through 2008 and into 2009. In March 2008, the number of auto thefts in King County was 616, down form 1,448 in March 2005, a 47-percent decrease. The ATTACK center was originally modeled after the Federal fusion center concept, with the intention of integrating several sources of information into one center for analysis and dissemination, with staffing from several agencies. The aim of the project was to stem the tide of increasing vehicle crime rates in Redmond, WA and across the region. The ATTACK center’s goals consist of four parts: (1) collect and analyze data from car crimes; (2) develop and implement an education/prevention component; (3) conduct in-depth criminal investigations of victim vehicles, including suspect interviews; and (4) develop a tactical proactive strategy to curb occurrences and/or arrest suspects. Redmond is committed to maintaining and expanding the ATTACK center by using additional analysts and expanding data search capabilities. 2 notes