Heroin houses busted
SNOHOMISH — Around here, heads are not buried in the sand about crime.
Heroin’s back with a vengeance.
The Snohomish Police Department just busted two “heroin houses” — one in the 500 block of Glen Avenue and the other in the 500 block of Avenue C, Police Chief John Flood said last week.
The region is experiencing a new wave of drug problems.
A “heroin epidemic” in the area is creating an increase in crime, Flood said.
The city’s public safety commission is gearing up for National Night Out Against Crime in August and wants to know what people would be receptive to learning about. The commission also wants to convey to the public that the drug and crime awareness issue is not being ignored.
“We’re not here to solve the heroin problem tonight, but we can make citizens more aware through National Night Out,” commission member and former police officer Mike Thompson said.
The police rely on public information and concerns community members have of problem houses and other crime issues. National Night Out may help make that connection.
The annual event poses the opportunity to inform neighborhoods about the resources available, Thompson said. Drug prevention will likely be a key topic for National Night Out.
Flood also brought up a recent crime where a young woman’s vehicle was stolen after she had left the keys in the ignition. The thief also stole her purse and laptop.
Lucky for her, the Police Department recovered her vehicle and other personal belongings.
Flood used this as a lesson to encourage people to be more defensive against crime by being more aware, locking doors and not leaving valuables in vehicles.
National Night Out Against Crime is a nationwide event that encourages neighborhoods to join together with their police department and interact about crime prevention.