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Burglary Rates in Yakima County Down for First Part of 2014

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It may not always seem like it, but burglary rates during the first three months of the year are slowly going down in Yakima County. It may not always seem like it, but burglary rates during the first three months of the year are slowly going down in Yakima County.

YAKIMA, WA - It may not always seem like it, but burglary rates during the first three months of the year are slowly going down in Yakima County.

Burglary rates in the east valley and upper valley stayed pretty consistent. But because of a dramatic drop in the lower valley, the total number of burglaries is down for the first part of 2014.

In 2012, there were 205 burglaries during the months of January through March.

Numbers for 2014 are way down, to 132 burglaries. A definite decrease but still a long way to go.

"I have a couple family members that have recently been robbed, TV's being taken," said Pedro Bobadilla.

Bobadilla said he knows a few people that committed burglary in the past.

"For money?"

"For fun," said Bobadilla. Just for fun. For the thrill I guess."

The lower valley is still hit the hardest, but numbers have drastically gone down. 38 homes were burglarized during the first three months of this year, compared to 80 in 2012.

"The lower valley is more hard hit I think just because it is so vast compared to the upper valley," said Detective Mike Russell, with the Yakima County Sheriff's Office. "It's much less populated."

Even if rates are dipping down, Yakima County Sheriff's Deputies said you should always take precautions to protect your property. Because when you're stolen from, it's very hard to get your stuff back.

"It's a very difficult thing for us to be able to identify a suspect if we don't have them there on scene," said Detective Russell. "In my years of doing this, I've taken numerous finger prints from numerous homes where people have been burglarized. And only in a handful of cases, do the fingerprints actually identify someone."

Sheriff's deputies encourage you to get to know your neighbors and watch out for each other's property. Deputies said they would rather get a call and have it turn out to be nothing, than someone become another victim of burglary.