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The Mukilteo Police Department Crime Prevention Unit is dedicated to partnering with the local community in an effort to provide the knowledge and tools needed to deter and prevent criminal activity.  We offer a number of services to the community:

Crime Prevention Topics:

Neighborhood Block Watch ¦ Vacation House Watch ¦  Preventing Automobile Theft ¦ Gun Locks          Block Watch                                           

The concept of a Neighborhood Block Watch has been in existence for decades and only requires two basic commitments:

  • A commitment to be concerned about your neighbor’s property and well-being as well as your own.
  • A commitment that when you see suspicious activity, you will take action by alerting your neighbors and by calling 9-1-1.

A Block Watch is a partnership between residents, neighborhoods and Law Enforcement. It creates an environment where you can openly share information, and your concerns, to help improve safety and prevent crime. Most of us tend to know and watch out for our closest neighbors, yet what about the neighbors down the street or even just a few houses down. Organizing a Block Watch opens the lines of communication between neighbors and creates a systematic way of alerting your neighborhood of suspicious activity. A Block Watch provides a block map or contact list with neighbors’ names, telephone numbers and emails that can be used in case of an emergency and to share information about suspicious activity or behaviors going on in the community.

Police will always tell you to call 911 when you see something suspicious.  But, how do you know what’s suspicious in your neighborhood?  First, you have to know what’s normal for your neighborhood.  How do you know what’s normal?  Well, you need to talk to your neighbors, share information and determine what constitutes suspicious activity or behavior for your neighborhood.  You know what is normal for your neighborhood and what is out of place. By sharing this information with your neighbors you can easily identify suspicious circumstances that require calling the police.  The more you interact with each other, the more you are observant and engaged, the better able you are to identify those things that are unusual, out of place and suspicious:  The things we ask you to tell police by calling 911.

A Block Watch doesn’t require you to perform any special tasks, go to a lot of meetings, or take on extra responsibilities.  You don’t have to patrol the neighborhood, or tell your neighbors every aspect of your business.  A Block Watch promotes awareness as being a part of your everyday life and taking an interest in your neighborhood and community.

All it requires is that you and your neighbors be familiar enough with each other to know who belongs in the neighborhood and who doesn’t; which cars are a part of the neighborhood and which aren’t; recognize when something suspicious is going on and being a little more observant of changes in your surroundings.  It also requires that when you see something suspicious, you alert each other and you alert police.

Residents who are interested in starting a block watch in their neighborhood can contact the Mukilteo Police Department Crime Prevention Officer at 425-263-8100 or email.

Vacation House Watch

Officers and/or police volunteers conduct property and perimeter security checks while you are away on vacation. This free service is available to all residents that live within the Mukilteo City limits.

The security check is conducted as the officer’s and police volunteer’s schedule permits. As a courtesy, the Police Department will provide this service for a maximum of 3 weeks. You can request   vacation watch service online or you can complete a Vacation Watch Paper Request form and drop off/fax/mail to the Police Department at 10500 47th Place West. The fax number is (425) 348-1275. Please submit your requests at least 10 days prior to departing on your vacation.

Questions? Contact the Crime Prevention Unit at 425-263-8100 or email.

Preventing Automobile Theft

A vehicle is stolen every 25 seconds in the United States. Follow these tips to help keep your vehicle safe:

  • Remove your keys from the ignition after every use.
  • Lock your vehicle, no matter where you are.
  • If you must leave your key with a parking attendant, leave only your vehicle’s ignition key. Do not leave anything attached to it with your name and address.
  • Keep your vehicle keys separate from your house keys.
  • Do not park your vehicle in an isolated area where there are few passers-by.
  • Always park in secured lots that are well lit and near high traffic areas.
  • Always have your keys ready before you reach the car.
  • Always look under and around your vehicle before approaching it.
  • Check the back seat of your vehicle before entering it and immediately lock the door behind you.
  • Copy your license number and vehicle identification number on a card, and keep it with your driver’s license.
  • Write your driver’s license number on a business card, and drop it down the window slot to serve as identification, in case the VIN is removed.
  • Keep your vehicle registration with you when driving, but do not leave it in the car.
  • Engrave your driver’s license number and state on valuable components such as stereos and cellular phones.
  • Etch the vehicle identification number or a code number into your vehicle windows to deter thieves and aid in recovery.
  • Consider the use of second layer anti-theft devices such as steering wheel locks and window etchings.
  • Keep your garage door opener with you at all times. If your vehicle is stolen, the thief may attempt to get into your home.
  • Park with your front wheels turned sharply, this will make your vehicle more difficult to tow away.
  • Remove valuables from the vehicle and place them out of view in the trunk.
  • If you are being followed, drive to the nearest police station, or populated area, and honk your vehicle’s horn.
  • Always drive with your doors locked and your windows rolled up.
  • Be suspicious of anyone approaching your vehicle, whether passing out leaflets or asking for donations.

 

2015-club-logo-webThe Mukilteo Police Department has partnered with Winner International, the creator of the original Club® to offer the “Auto Theft Task Force Club” to Mukilteo residents and members of the Mukilteo business community. When combined with locking your car doors, rolling up your windows, and removing all personal belongings from your vehicle, the highly visible Club serves as a strong visual and mechanical deterrent for auto thieves.

The Clubs are available for only $11.00 to Mukilteo residents and members of the Mukilteo business community.  Clubs can be purchased directly at the Mukilteo Police Department which is located at 10500 47th Place West. To obtain more information, please call the Mukilteo Police Department Crime Prevention Unit at (425) 263-8100 or email.

Gun Locks – Project ChildSafe

The Mukilteo Police Department has partnered with Project ChildSafe to offer FREE gun locks to the community.  Project ChildSafe is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt, nonprofit charitable organization committed to promoting firearms safety among firearms owners through the distribution of safety education messages and free firearm Safety Kits. The kits include a cable-style gun-locking device and a brochure (also available in Spanish) that discusses safe handling and secure storage guidelines to help deter access by unauthorized individuals.

Project ChildSafe is a real solution to making our communities safer. More than 15,000 law enforcement agencies have partnered with the program to distribute more than 36 million firearms safety kits to gun owners in all 50 states and the five U.S. territories. Through vital partnerships with elected officials, community leaders, state agencies, businesses, the firearms industry and other stakeholders, Project ChildSafe has helped raise awareness about the safe and responsible ownership of firearms and the importance of securely storing firearms to help reduce accidents and access by unauthorized individuals

– See more at: Project Childsafe

Come visit the police department today and get your free gun lock!
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