Burglaries down in Yakima County

Burglaries down in Yakima County
YAKIMA COUNTY, Wash. -- The KIMA Crime Tracker learned burglaries in the county are down.

The sun's rays mean it's time for the sunscreen, a cold drink and possibly a spike in crime. But according to crime stats from the Yakima County Sheriff's Office, that's not the case.

Rural areas in Yakima County have seen far fewer burglaries so far this year than last. Dropping nearly 20 percent.

Sally Pierone isn't taking any chances.

"We lock everything up and I have a really big dog that I leave in the house," said Sally.

But, it's not just dogs like Bella keeping burglars away. Sally says vigilance has paid off.

"I think your neighbors are probably watching a little more too," said Sally. "I know in our neighborhood, we watch out and if we see anything we will write it down and let everyone else know. So they can watch out too."

Deputies say a lot of the prominent burglars are behind bars. There are also more people involved in block watches outside of city limits. Both contribute to the downward trend.

That downward trend in burglaries began in 2010, despite having fewer deputies on the streets.