Thanks to increased enforcement and investigation, Edmonds police on Tuesday reported a 41-percent decrease in residential burglaries from late 2011 — when a large spike in home burglaries was reported — to February 2012
According to police spokesman Sgt. Mike Blackburn, in the past two months Edmonds police have arrested several individuals for burglary, “including some who were captured as they prepared to commit the act.” In addition, Blackburn said, police have made “dozens of contacts of suspicious individuals and vehicles found in our neighborhoods,” often a result of citizens calling 911 to report suspicious activity.
“The Edmonds Police Department has partnered with other law enforcement agencies throughout the region to coordinate efforts against active and suspected burglars,” Blackburn said. “Arrests in both Snohomish and King Counties have had an immediate impact on the number of burglaries in our community.”
Police encourage residents to remain vigilant. “Burglary suspects have been known to drive around neighborhoods with easy access to main roads while they choose a residence that appears unoccupied,”Blackburn said. “The suspect will typically knock at the front door before going around to a side or back door or window to gain entry. Alert citizens have an opportunity to help police identify a burglar during this phase by calling 911 to report the suspicious activity.”