Sheriff wants task force for local spate of burglaries
October 10th, 2012 - 5:53am
(Port Angeles) -- Clallam County's sheriff says he may take a "task force" approach to help deal with a spike in residential burglaries locally.
Sheriff Bill Benedict tells Newsradio KONP, the number of burglaries in Clallam County has gone up about 20 percent compared to last year at this time.
The latest have been a string of break-ins in areas near Monroe and Mount Pleasant Roads.
Benedict says partnerning with other local agencies in trying to break what he thinks is a ring of crooks has worked well before. About a year ago the sheriff's office formed a task force with the Sequim and Port Angeles police departments to break up a ring of thieves who were stealing mostly guns.
Meantime, he says people need to get to know their neighbors and make sure they "harden" their houses by making sure the doors are locked. He says an alarm, or alerting system might work too.
The county will help organize Neighborhood Watch meetings. The sheriff also says people should call 911 whenever they see someone or something out of the ordinary going in in their neighborhood.
Benedict suspects the latest rash of burglaries are being done by locals perhaps augmented by some out-of-town thieves.
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