Changes in the Lake Stevens Police Department haven’t dampened the fact that our local men and women in blue are still out there keeping the streets of Lake Stevens safe.
Several commercial robberies in the last few months have been solved thanks to the quick thinking and impressive investigating of our small but successful police force.
Some of those cases include the robberies at Rite-Aid, Pet Pros, Tom Thumb, Machias and Chevron Espresso stands.
“Because of meticulous investigating our detectives have been able to solve some of these robberies,” Commander and Interim Police Chief Dan Lorentzen said. “We have found that Pet Pros, Tom Thumb/Chevron and Machias are all related. And because of DNA recovered the Chase Bank robbery has been connected to another robbery.”
They were also able to connect the coffee shop robberies to others in Everett.
Lorentzen explained that when investigating robberies collecting evidence is crucial and it has helped in solving other crimes.
“We try to collect all of the evidence we can because you really only get one shot,” he said. “I am so impressed with the level of expertise our detectives bring to the investigations. They really know how to investigate crimes.”
City Administrator Jan Berg can see how being out in the community helps the police ensure the safety of its citizens.
“They are out there, they know the area and they know the community,” she said. “Our guys know what is going on out there and they know when something is out of place.”
Taking a proactive approach by patrolling businesses and neighborhoods help the officers stay aware of the city.
“Our patrol officers are out there and they know when something isn’t right,” Lorentzen said.
Lorentzen also said that there have been very little as far as home robberies but that people should be aware of car prowls. They also encourage everyone to stay safe and stay aware, especially this time of year.
Here are some things you can do to stay safe this season:
• Always pay attention to your surroundings. Be aware of your environment.
• Avoid walking alone in dark, isolated areas – such as back parking lots.
• Keep your wallet or purse close to your body.
• DO NOT leave wallets, laptops or other valuables in your vehicles.
• Keep your house lights on at night.
• Keep your blinds to your home partially closed so that people cannot see into your home from the outside.
They also suggest that if you ever feel unsafe you should call 911 immediately. Do not hesitate.
If you have questions or would like to help prevent crime in your neighborhood please visit www.lakestevenswa.gov or call the LSPD at 425-334-9537.