Click It or Ticket Patrols to be Increased through June 3
Washington State has a 98% compliance rate for seat belt use, but the state – and Kent PD – want to make it 100%. To reach that goal, area law enforcement is putting an extra emphasis on seat belt compliance through June 3. Watch for extra patrols during this time, and please buckle up every time. Additional patrols are being paid for by a grant from the Washington Traffic Safety Commission.
Kent PD Hosts Community Meeting May 30
The Kent Police Department is hosting its next Community Meeting at Panther Lake Elementary School (10200 SE 216th St.) from 6:30 – 8:00 pm. Attend the meeting to meet Kent Police Chief Kent Thomas and Kent PD staff, learn about crime trends in the area, get an update on the police department, learn crime prevention tips and how to safeguard yourself and your family against crime. Q&A follows the police department’s presentation.
Kent Crime Trends
During the week of 5/15 – 5/21, 14 stolen vehicles were recovered in Kent. Most were mid-1990s model Honda Civics and Accords. After they’ve been stolen, the vehicles are usually left abandoned in parking lots or isolated streets where the thieves won’t be noticed. There were 9 commercial burglaries in Kent last week, including 5 in one night in the Kent Valley. Kent PD is working on leads from a video taken at one of the crime scenes.
To prevent crime, be aware of your surroundings. Get to know your neighbors and the vehicles they drive. If you see something suspicious in your neighborhood, call 9-1-1. See a damaged vehicle in a parking lot, or someone walking away suspiciously from a car they just parked? Call 9-1-1. Kent PD has recovered stolen vehicles by officers running license plates of unfamiliar cars in unfamiliar places.
Please remember to lock your windows and doors when not at home. Warm weather is a welcome opportunity for thieves and burglaries who have easy access to your home.