It wasn’t Tacoma, though the county’s largest city did come in third.
Puyallup led the list with 86.7 crimes per 1,000 residents. Fife was second with 86.5.
Tacoma’s crime rate was 83.4. (The crimes counted to calculate the crime rate are murders, rapes, robberies, aggravated assaults, burglaries, thefts, motor vehicle thefts and arsons.)
The information comes from the preliminary 2007 crime statistics posted on the Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs web site.
Other notes from the preliminary crime stats:
* 21 law enforcement agencies were listed in Pierce County.
* Two agencies – Puyallup Tribal police and Wilkeson – did not report their crime stats. An error was reported in the information from Orting P.D.
* 15 agencies saw decreases in their overall crime. Those were the Pierce County Sheriff’s Office and Bonney Lake, DuPont, Eatonville, Edgewood, Fife, Fircrest, Gig Harbor, Lakewood, Milton, Ruston, Steilacoom, Sumner, Tacoma and University Place police departments.
* Buckley, Puyallup and Roy reported increases in their total crime.
* DuPont had the largest drop in crime and Roy had the largest increase.
* In the county as a whole, crime dropped 8.6 percent.
And how does the Pierce County Sheriff’s Office stack up with its counterparts across the state? Pierce County deputies are not dealing with the highest crime rate in the state.
The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office reported the highest total crime rate in 2007 with 43.9 crimes per 1,000 residents.
Next comes Grant County Sheriff’s Office (42.9), Mason County Sheriff’s Office (41.4), Kittitas County Sheriff’s Office (36.8), Skagit County Sheriff’s Office (34.2), Adams County Sheriff’s Office (33.6), Pend Oreille Sheriff’s Office (33.3), Yakima County Sheriff’s Office (32.5) and then Pierce County Sheriff’s Office (30.6).
The King County Sheriff’s Office’s rate was 23.7 and Thurston County’s was 21.4.
The Ferry County Sheriff’s Office reported the lowest crime rate with 4.6 crimes per 1,000 residents.