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Sheriff's Office offers block watch programs to guard against thieves

SPOKANE, Wash. - Spokane Police say the number of home burglaries is on the rise, but these crimes are not happening to the homes you might think they would.

Thieves are stealing appliances and even entire carpets from unoccupied homes under construction or renovation.

Spokane County deputy Craig Chamberlin, who says police are aware that these types of crimes are happening, offers two ways citizens can proactively protect their neighborhoods from thieves.

He recommends logging onto the Spokane Sheriff's Department website to set up an official Neighborhood Block Watch Program. In an easy 45 minute meeting with a crime prevention officer citizens can organize and get their neighbors on the same page.

Concerned citizens can also request that local authorities to do "prowl checks" to ward off suspicious-looking people and vehicles.

Chamberlain says authorities have seen very good results with the Block Watch Program.

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