YAKIMA, Wash.-- Business
owners can take a sigh of relief, so far this year robberies are down from last
year in Yakima.
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.
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.
one thing every business owner worries about, but now those in downtown Yakima
can breathe a little easier.
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.
year police said business robberies and break-ins are down, compared to last
I feel safer knowing there is less happening," said Kay Mahan, who works at a
thrift store downtown.
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.
as much lately because they have the police going around on bicycle all day
through here," Morton said.
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.
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.
think that beefing up the police security makes it a lot safer," said Mahan.
livelihood is my vendors that are in here, if I don't have my vendors, then I
don't have a business," Morton said.
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.