The City of Edmonds Police Department will install security cameras in the Public Safety Building parking lot in an effort to deter ongoing vandalism both to department patrol cars and officers’ personal vehicles.
Edmonds police spokesman Sgt. Shane Hawley said that there have been 27 incidents of damage to vehicles in the parking lot, located at 250 5th Ave. N., since August 2014. “At first we were just hoping all the flat tires were due to construction in the area, but after it started becoming more of a regular thing, we realized it was deliberate vandalism of employee vehicles,” Hawley said.
In response, the department will be installing an HD camera system that covers the parking lot, and is also looking into bids for a fence system that would provide secure parking for personal and patrol vehicles. “This will become a budget item for 2016 at this point,” Hawley said.
Hawley said that police don’t have suspects in connection with any of the 27 incidents.