Neighborhood Watch Program awareness l Council Corner

By Council Vice President Anna Rohrbough | Jul 17, 2019

The City Council set as a priority this year to bring awareness to the Neighborhood Watch Program so that we can help build upon it’s successes. One of these successes is a reduction in crime, something we all desire.

On average, there was a 16 percent decrease in crime in Neighborhood Watch communities. However, if you look at the numbers further as Crime Prevention Officer Myron Travis shared in our council update, residential burglaries have gone down from 83 in 2014 to 42 in 2018.

One of the additional benefits of this program that I would like to highlight is the community connection that is built when neighborhoods join together and make a decision to enact this program.

It is a simple and well-organized process. The neighborhood would select a block watch captain and together the community addresses their concerns, shares information regularly, and works with the Mukilteo Police Department, which helps make the entire city safer.

Myron Travis mentioned that as population increases crime increases. We both agree that our goal in Mukilteo is as our population slowly ticks upward, our crime ticks downward. This is the way we as residents and community members can help make this goal a reality. Each of us can be a part of the solution.

The more we look out for our neighbors, the more we all feel safer and it becomes known that crimes against our property are not tolerated in Mukilteo.

If you have a desire to ask more questions and possibly learn more about how to start your own neighborhood watch program, please contact Officer Myron Travis, Mukilteo’s Crime Prevention Officer, at or 425-263-8104.

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