Burien business owners see an increase in crime; wants the city to act – KIRO 7 News Seattle

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“It’s going really well,” said a smiling Hayes. “We’ve been thriving throughout this whole virus.” Hayes opened Classic Eats in the heart of Olde Burien four and a half years ago. He says his business hasn’t really skipped a beat during the worldwide pandemic. But just outside his door, he says he finds daily evidence that crime is an ever-present issue.

One must look beyond the surface on this beautiful spring Saturday to see what 81 business owners say they are dealing with in this century-old city. But they are far from alone in their frustrations.

“And it’s not just here,” said chef Anthony Hayes. “It’s different streets. It’s different areas of Burien, you know.” The people who organized this group own businesses in the area known as Olde Burien.

Still, the owners’ letter is focusing attention on increasing emphasis on patrols. “And so it’s going to be seven days a week,” said Capt. Smithmeyer. “It’s not going to be every day. But it will be during these … various hours where we think we have the most activity, especially early in the morning and later in the evening.” Indeed, Capt. Smithmeyer says violent crime is down. He does concede that property crimes are rising, but insists they mirror communities across the county.

“The numbers don’t show that; they don’t bear that out,” insists King County Sheriff’s Captain Troy Smithmeyer. “I mean the crime rate has definitely spiked up a little bit around here,” said Hayes. “We have a huge homeless population; and throughout the alleys, vandalization, thievery.”

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