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Posted on: July 19, 2017

Mill Creek Police Share Simple Crime Prevention Tips

While the City of Mill Creek’s crime rate in many areas has actually decreased, the Mill Creek community is seeing an increase in vehicle prowls. This is due in large part to the proliferation of the heroin epidemic; burglaries for such purposes – as admitted by those arrested – increased 23 percent year-over-year in 2016.

Prevention and reduction of this type of criminal activity take a coordinated effort by both the community and the Mill Creek Police Department.

Mill Creek officers proactively patrol the neighborhoods and business areas, maintaining a vigilant presence to deter and/or intervene in these types of property crimes. When they have the chance to make an arrest or a case, officers pursue the investigation to its full extent, looking for indications of serial thieves targeting multiple victims. But the best way to guard against such activity is for individuals to use preventative behaviors.

“A thief can open your vehicle and go through your belongings in 15 seconds,” says Mill Creek Police Sergeant Bobby Phillips. “However, generally the cases we see involve theft from cars that were not locked.”

Basic precautions can prevent such incidents. “Lock the doors to your vehicles and don’t leave anything of value in plain sight,” he notes. “Also, report suspicious activity; if it doesn’t look or feel right, it likely isn’t.”
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