Sunnyside's business watch program decreases shoplifting

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SUNNYSIDE, Wash. -- Police say Sunnyside's business watch program has led to a decrease in crime. Since the program started last spring, police identified several crime patterns among shoplifters.

Specifically they found the days they were most active, and what they took. There was an initial increase in arrests followed by a drop in crime.

Store owners notice the difference.

"For years before yeah, they broken through the windows and something but not right now, it's pretty good," said Salvador Rivas, a Sunnyside business owner.

Police are looking for more businesses to join the program, especially during the holiday shopping season when there's typically more shoplifting.