Burglaries and Break-Ins Drop Over 60% in Yarmouth

YARMOUTH – Yarmouth Police report that felony property crimes such as residential, business, and motor vehicle break-ins have dropped dramatically in Yarmouth in the past 5 years thanks to “solid police work, improvements in technology, public awareness, and strong partnerships in community policing.”

In spite of the increase in heroin use which is normally associated with increased crime, the town has reached record lows in reported residential, business, and motor vehicle break-ins and thefts.

Yarmouth Deputy Police Chief Steven Xiarhos says, “Yarmouth Police are very pleased and commend the proactive work by their patrol officers, detectives, dispatchers, and support staff. The Department further cites the establishment of over 100 Neighborhood Crime Watch areas, the K9 unit, the use of social media, the Proactive Anti-Crime Unit, affordable alarm systems, enforcement of motel residency regulations, improved investigative technology and techniques, partnerships with local police departments, the Massachusetts State Police, the Barnstable County Sheriff’s Department, and ongoing collaborations with drug rehabilitation groups and mental health agencies.”

Here is the comparative data regarding break-ins according to the Yarmouth Police Department:

Year                       2010       2014       2015

Residential         317         203         105

Commercial         54           33           16

Vehicles              126         110           70

According to Deputy Chief Xiarhos, “Lower numbers are a sign of steady progress, as we continue to follow our Strategic Plan 2020 and move forward to transform Yarmouth in to the safest community in the region. Thank you to everyone involved and please continue to call or message Yarmouth Police at any time if you see or hear anything suspicious or need any help or support.”
Media release and photo furnished by Yarmouth Police

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