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9611 SE 36th Street
Mercer Island, WA 98040
Phone: 206-275-7610
Email: mi-records@mercerg. . .
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Do it Yourself Crime Prevention

Click on the links below for information about Crime Prevention:


Neighborhood Watch

The Mercer Island Police Department is interested in partnering with residents to prevent crimes from occurring and to report crimes and suspicious activity when they are observed.  Our citizens are our best partners in crime prevention because they are the ones who are familiar with their neighborhoods and can often times spot an out-of-place person, vehicle or activity.  Neighbors watching out for neighbors is one of the best tools we can employ in the fight against crime. 

Successful Neighborhood Watch programs:

  • Emphasize techniques to reduce the risk of being a crime victim
  • Teach citizens to recognize and report suspicious activity
  • Teach residents how to make homes more secure
  • Allows for communication between neighborhoods and the police department, giving residents greater access to criminal activity information and one-on-one interaction with law enforcement officers
  • Encourage neighbors to know one another
  • Participate in National Night Out Against Crime the first Tuesday of August

If you are interested in hosting a Neighborhood Watch party in your neighborhood, please contact Officer Jennifer Franklin at or 206-275-7905.

Crime Prevention Booklet

The City has put together a booklet with tips on crime prevention, identity theft, personal safety, burglary prevention, internet safety, quick reference numbers and more.  Click here to download the booklet.

Preventing Burglaries

Are you or your family leaving town for business or vacation?  If so, please consider following some of these effective measures to protect your home:

  • Don't advertise to criminals that you are gone.  Facebook and Twitter are not the place to post the fact that you are skiing at Whistler or laying on the beach in the Bahamas.  If you must post photos of your trip, do it AFTER you return home!
  • Make sure all the locks on the doors and windows function properly and USE THEM!
  • Leave the shades and blinds on doors and windows in a position that you would normally have them.
  • Ask several neighbors to keep an eye on your residence while you are away.  Leave your vacation address and phone number with the neighbors so you can be reached in case of an emergency.
  • Make sure your smoke and burglar alarms are functioning properly and armed.
  • Make sure your alarm company has an emergency contact (friend or family member) who can respond to your residence if necessary.
  • Arrange for a neighbor to pick up all your deliveries: Mail, newspaper and any other packages you are expecting.
  • Arrange to have someone maintain your yard so your home appears occupied if you are going to be gone for an extended period.
  • Have someone place your garbage cans at the curb for you and bring them in after pickup.
  • Set timers for lights, television and radios so they turn on and off at normal times.
  • If possible, forward your home phone calls to your cell phone.
  • Leave a normal message on your answering machine or service, do not announce you are away!
  • Ask a neighbor to park in your driveway so it appears someone is home.
  • Consider taking valuables to a safe deposit box rather than leaving them in your home.

 Lock It or Lose It! Campaign

Although our burglary rate here is comparable to other nearby jurisdictions, MIPD believes that with citizens' help it can achieve the lowest burglary rate in the region. Did you know a recent analysis of five years of MIPD crime data revealed some trends and behaviors that may be surprising to some residents:

  • Almost half (41%) of MI home burglaries annually involve an unlocked door (or window)
  • Burglaries occur more than 1-2 times/week, on average
  • 65% of the crimes occur during the day
  • In 80% of the cases, no one was home
  • In 88% of cases, no alarm was activated
The simplest way to tackle this problem is for all residents to always lock doors whenever they leave the house, or when they go out of sight to other parts of their property. This includes the garage.

Many residents in a recent online survey asked for help remembering to lock doors, and wanted to hear more real-life stories of crimes or "near-misses" from their neighborhood. The LOCK IT or LOSE IT campaign will address these outreach needs. Download a campaign flyer here.


Preventing Vehicle Prowls

Large parking areas are prime targets for prowlers because they can enter several vehicles in a short time. This frequently occurs in parking lots of apartments, parks, schools, pools, shopping centers, restaurants, and parking garages. Although parking lots and garages are prime target areas for prowlers, neighborhood streets and driveways are not immune from such activity.  Here are a few tips to help keep your vehicle and contents safe from prowlers:

  • Always lock your vehicle
  • Secure windows, doors and tops (sun/moon roofs and convertible tops
  • Remove valuables when leaving your vehicle unattended
  • Park in well-lit areas if at all possible
  • Set the alarm on your vehicle if it is equipped with one
  • Call 9-1-1 immediately if you see someone lurking around parked cars or exhibiting other suspicious behavior

Preventing Identity Theft

Identity theft occurs when someone uses your personal information without your permission. Annually millions of U.S. residents, 16 years of age and over, suffer direct and indirect losses from identity theft.  Here are a few easy tips to help prevent you from becoming a victim:

  • Shred financial documents containing personal information after they are no longer needed
  • Carry only necessary documents and cards in your wallet or purse. Refrain from carrying your Social Security card, birth certificate or passport except when needed.
  • Keep personal information in a secured place at home. Be particularly cautious if you have roommates, employ outside help or are having work done in your home
  • Guard mail from theft, consider a locking mailbox
  • Beware of unsolicited email, texts or phone messages asking for personal information
  • Obtain and review a copy of your credit report at least once a year
  • Opt out from pre-screened credit card offers, national direct mailing lists and telemarketing lists
  • Take proper precautions if you access or use financial information online. Use firewalls, anti-spyware and anti-virus software on computers. Create strong passwords and use different passwords for each account.

Project Childsafe: Preventing Gun Accidents and Misuse

The MIPD is one of 15,000 law enforcement agencies that has partnered with Project. ChildSafe, the largest gun safety education program in the U.S., developed to distribute educational messaging and free firearm Safety Kits. The kits include a cable-style, gun-locking device and a brochure that discusses safe handling and secure storage guidelines to help deter access by unauthorized individuals. Over 37 million kits have been distributed -- starting in June 2018 you can get your kit/lock at the Mercer Island Police Department or the Luther Barbank Admn Building, (home to the City's Youth and Family Services Department). Learn more from this infographic.



Paws On Patrol

Paws on patrol is a crime prevention partnership between the police department and dog walkers in our community.  The strategy is to increase the number of eyes and ears in the community in an effort to report crimes or suspicious activity in progress.  Participants receive training from the police department which will help them effectively report suspicious activity, enabling the police to respond and investigate the situation or prevent crime from happening. 

If you are interested in joining our Paws on Patrol team, please click here to complete your on-line registration or contact Police Support Officer Anna Ormsby at or 206-275-7932 for more information.


National Night Out

National Night Out is a community-police awareness-raising event in the United States, held the first Tuesday of August annually in cities around the country to include Mercer Island.

The event is designed to increase awareness about police programs in communities, such as drug prevention, town watch (Paws on Patrol), neighborhood watch and other anti-crime efforts.

Neighborhood events can be as simple as backyard cookouts or full-blown block parties, it's up to you! Each year, the City holds one main event in Town Center or at City Hall. Check the City calendar for details. Or contact Officer Jennifer Franklin for more information at or 206-275-7905.

Medication Disposal Options

Bartell Drugs Bellevue Village Pharmacy
10116 NE 8th St
Bellevue, WA 98004
Only accepts prescription and over the counter medications.  Does NOT accept controlled substances.

Bartell Drugs Factoria
3620 Factoria Blvd SE
Bellevue, WA 98006
Only accepts prescription and over the counter medications.  Does NOT accept controlled substances.

Bothell Police Department
18410 101st Ave NE
Bothell, WA 98011
Accepts all drugs to include prescription, over the counter and controlled substances.

Mail-Away Programs
A pre-addressed mailer can be purchased at participating locations (Rite Aid, Safeway, Walgreens). Medication is placed in the envelope and is sent to an environmental returns program that properly disposes of the medicines. Controlled substances CANNOT be sent in these mailers, due to current federal regulations.

Resource Telephone Numbers

Emergency Police / Fire / Medical                  9-1-1
Fire Business                                                  206-275-7607
Police Business                                                206-275-7610
Emergency Preparedness/Crime Prevention        206-275-7905
Eastside Domestic Violence Crisis Line                425-746-1940 or 1-800-827-8840
Animal Control                                                  206-296-PETS


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