Washington state sees spike in smash-and-grabs at trailheads, prompting more patrols
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” “There has been an increase in media reports about trailhead crime over the past few weeks,” Washington State Patrol (WSP), told Fox News.
WSP said this increase was due to more people using trails during spring weather. WSP spokesperson said that some of the smash and grabs reported at trailheads were “in concert with increased state-wide emboldened criminals” and rising property crime.
Olympic National Park, Washington.
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WSP said it provides support to local sheriff’s offices and police departments on an as-needed basis. Fox News reached out to Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission, but did not receive a response before publication time.
Many of the so-called smash-and-grabs are largely confined to the western part of the state, KING-TV reported.
WSP trooper Anthony Reese told the station there has been an uptick in smash and grab robberies because more people venture out into these trailhead areas as summer approaches, leaving their valuables visible in their parked cars. He also pointed out that many criminals feel “more empowered” due to recent legislation changes.
” They know that law enforcement can’t chase them unless they are involved in violent crimes,” he stated. “Property crime does not count as a violent crime. “
Other communities have started their own community trailhead patrols, according to the station.
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