Summer burglaries cut in half in Yakima

YAKIMA, Wash. -- The weather's been heating up, but some crime hasn't. Burglaries in Yakima haven't hit as close as last summer.

A spike in temperature is keeping some neighbors on this block extra vigilant. Heath Piche isn't taking any chances. His home was burglarized a few years ago.

"They just scattered stuff around in the house, made a mess," said Heath.

Other homes on this block have also been hit. Summer burglaries in Yakima have been cut in half this year compared to last year. Thanks in part to YPD's crime analyst. Taking a closer look at crimes and giving officers a better idea on where to focus patrols.

"We're also providing officers with information on targeted areas where crimes are occurring, times they're occurring, types of methods of entry," Yakima Police Sergeant Gary Jones.

Information that helps YPD's property crime unit figure out any crime patterns that will eventually lead them to the main thieves around town. More information and more evidence will help keep them locked up for a longer period of time.

YPD told KIMA most crimes happen when burglars see an opportunity, so make sure to keep your doors and windows locked at all times.

Neighbors like Heath want to make sure thieves don't strike again.

"We put up that piece of ply wood in the back by the door, took out the doggy door, put up that piece of ply wood up on the door then I lock that gate," said Heath.

YPD said these criminals are typically repeat offenders and they normally don't get caught on their first offense.