Downtown businesses hit with burglaries

November 11, 2008

By Jon Savelle

A rash of burglaries swept the downtown business district between Oct. 25 and Nov. 4, and police are advising the public to be cautious. 

“We do have some leads,” said Issaquah Police Cmdr. Scott Behrbaum. 

The investigation is continuing. 

Six burglaries have been reported, all at businesses near Front Street and Sunset Way. The losses have not been large — the burglar usually breaks a window or glass door, then takes small electronic devices or loose cash — but property and business owners are being urged to take steps to improve security. 

Police recommend taking these steps to deter burglars:

Light all exterior sides of your business.

Install a security system and check it on a regular basis.

Secure doors with strike plates, pop-out-proof hinges and deadbolt locks.

Do not leave materials around buildings that a burglar could use to reach the roof.

Secure any access to the roof, including skylights and air conditioning units.

Issue as few keys to the business as possible. Keep a log of employees who have keys. 

Keep money and valuables out of view and secured when closed.

If you have information about any of the incidents, call police at 837-3200.

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