Uptick in commercial burglaries raise concerns among Edmonds merchants

Downtown Edmonds merchants have raised concerns about a spate of recent commercial burglaries, and Edmonds police say they have stepped up night-time patrols in the area as a result.

Members of the Downtown Edmonds Merchants Association (DEMA) exchanged emails earlier this week about recent incidents. In response, City Economic Development Director Stephen Clifton shared an email from Edmonds police spokesman Sgt. Mark Marsh, who said there have been 12 commercial burglaries reported in Edmonds from Sept. 1 through Nov. 12, 2013.  Of those, seven were reported in the downtown area, and three of those were in the same building — 110 3rd Ave. N. — and occurred at the same time of night.

“Most of the businesses were forced into, either prying a door lock, breaking off a door handle or throwing a rock through the window,” Marsh wrote. “The suspect(s) so far are taking only items that can be easily carried mainly cash. With so many of the downtown businesses being within easy walking distance it is possible the suspect either lives (in) or is familiar with downtown Edmonds.”

All of the burglaries are happening at night — likely early in the morning — after businesses are closed, Marsh said. As a result, police night-time patrol shifts are conducting foot patrols and more officers are spending time downtown during those hours, he said.

Marsh offered the following advice for business owners:

First, if you have any type of surveillance equipment “make sure that it is working properly,” he said. Those without such equipment may want to look into affordable options, he added.

Second, all business owners/managers/employees are welcome to attend the Edmonds Police Department community meeting on crime prevention Thursday Nov. 14, at 6:30 p.m., in the City Council Chambers, Public Safety Building, 250 5th Ave. N.


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