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Local Businesses Feeling Safer This Year

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YAKIMA, Wash.-- Business owners can take a sigh of relief, so far this year robberies are down from last year in Yakima.

We spoke with a few local businesses here in downtown Yakima about what they are seeing when it comes to break-ins and robberies, and how they feel now that things seem a little safer outside their front door.

"My biggest worry is somebody is going to break out one of these windows and just go in and start stealing everything," said one business owner, Ron Morton.

It is one thing every business owner worries about, but now those in downtown Yakima can breathe a little easier.

"I have seen a different change in the amount of people and the type of people that have been on the street in the last month," Morton said.

This year police said business robberies and break-ins are down, compared to last year.

"Well I feel safer knowing there is less happening," said Kay Mahan, who works at a thrift store downtown.

Police said in 2012, there were 510 burglaries and attempted robberies in Yakima.  We are more than halfway through this year, and that number has dropped to 225, and businesses are noticing the change.

"Not as much lately because they have the police going around on bicycle all day through here," Morton said.

"I believe it's pretty safe in the area, there have been a few break-ins, but we haven't had one in some time," Mahan said.

With a bigger police presence in the area, and increased store security, local businesses feel they have the upper hand so they don't lose out on the customers they are seeking.

"I think that beefing up the police security makes it a lot safer," said Mahan.

"My livelihood is my vendors that are in here, if I don't have my vendors, then I don't have a business," Morton said.

The businesses we spoke with say they are doing what the can to avoid break-ins and robberies by installing new cameras throughout their stores.

They are also watching out for each other, and contacting police if they see something suspicious.

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