Thursday, May 28, 2015


Microsoft has issued a warning about scams using its name.

For several years scammers have called computer owners, claiming to be from Microsoft, telling them that there was something wrong with their computers and offering to fix the “problem” remotely.

Now, scammers are sending emails claiming to be the Microsoft Lottery, Annual Lottery Promotions, Nokia Lumia Smartphone Promotions, or March 2015 Lottery Promotions. You are informed that you have won $500,000 (or some large amount of money). To claim your “winnings” you are asked to pay for some sort of costs such as taxes, courier services, attorney fees, or other fees. The scammers will ask for your bank account information for a wire transfer of funds.

This offer has the classic signature of a scam; a lottery that you did not enter; an amount of money that is too good to be true; a request for payment for your “free” money, and a request for access to your personal information.

If you receive an email with this “offer” delete it! Do not click on any links or open any attachments.

If you do fall victim to this fraud, Microsoft recommends that you report it to your local police. Then, send the police report or incident number to Microsoft at Then follow the checklist recommended by the Federal Trade Commission at



The Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office has published the current issue of its crime prevention newsletter, “Partners in Crime Prevention. This issue concentrates on the North County Property Crime Unit, how you can help detectives if you are a victim of burglary and what you can do to prevent burglary.

CYBER SECURITY- Reporting Scams, Fraud and Computer Hacking

You have taken measures to protect your computer from hacking. And you are careful about clicking on links of suspicious emails or of answering robo-calls supposedly from the IRS, the local courts or a grandchild. But who do you report these incidents to if you accidently clicked on the link or find yourself involved with a scammer?

Local law enforcement agencies generally do not have the resources to conduct an investigation and expect to be able to put together a case to prosecute a scammer or fraudster. Most of the typical scam and phishing emails that we get are generated either in another part of the U.S. or internationally with Nigeria, Russia, China, and India as major sources of spam and scams. However, if there is a local tie to a fraud call 911 and ask to talk to a deputy.

ID theft can victimize you from a variety of sources. Your purse or wallet is stolen; you swiped your debit card through an undetected skimmer at an ATM machine; malware can get on your computer taking your account numbers; someone steals your mail. Obviously, if you’re your wallet or mail is stolen, call 911. If you discover that you are a victim of ID theft, the Federal Trade Commission has launched a new one stop web site that gives you a checklist and links for everything that you should do at

The source of other cyber/computer crimes (whether local, national or international) such as malware, phishing, etc. may not be obvious. However, national law enforcement organizations are interested in any information that we can provide. They may not be able to help in specific cases, but any information will help in investigations of specific criminals and in determining trends of cyber-crimes.

The Federal Trade Commission ( has a place where you can file a complaint about someone falsely claiming to be from the government, a business or a family member; scams, SPAM, as well as potentially criminal issues involving mobile devices or telephones, internet services, and online shopping. To file your complaint online go to

For reporting strictly on cyber-crimes go to the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) at IC3 acts as a convenient and easy-to-use place online for victims to report cyber-crime and as a repository of information about cyber-crime for local, state, national and international law enforcement agencies to help with their investigations.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

BURGLARY PREVENTION- Convicted Burglars Suggest Ways to Protect Yourself

The Columbus Police Department has released a video on You Tube with three convicted burglars giving their experiences of how they choose a house to break into, what circumstances caused them to look for another target house as well as what kind of items they take and what they do with them.

Long time readers of my Hot Sheet will recognize what the gentlemen have to say. Deadbolt locks, lock all house windows, install cameras and alarms, signs (alarm on site, no trespassing, etc.) work to deter burglars, don’t have anything showing in your car.

They point out that if you see someone suspicious in your neighborhood or you have someone suspicious at your door, call 911. And as one of them said, "Most burglaries are done from opportunity."

While the men pretty much confirm what police crime prevention professionals talk about day in and day out, hearing it from burglars gives credibility for the practical advice that you have been hearing.

Please take a moment to watch the video.    



SNOHOMISH COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE- New Program to Ensure Seniors are Safe

The Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office has announced a new program called “You Are Not Alone” (YANA).

Many seniors live independently away from family. Circumstances can occur that seniors do not live nearby their family and they can lose contact with friends. Many seniors continue to want to live independently instead of in assisted living or similar arrangements.

Family members with a parent or aunt or uncle who live independently may not be able to check in on their family member on a regular basis. Some elderly may feel isolated and lonely and as a result, can easily become victimized by scammers or other criminals who would exploit them. And, some elderly begin to hoard items in fear of running out of what they think are necessities. This can lead to unsanitary conditions at home.

Sheriff’s Office Volunteers will check on those who sign up for this program on a regular basis either by phone or in person. Participation is free with the only requirement being that participants be able to answer the phone and provide at least one emergency contact.

For more about YANA and how people can sign up for it go to

Note: YANA will be in addition to another service that the Sheriff’s Office Volunteers perform. For several years the Volunteers and the Sheriff’s Office’s Search and Rescue Volunteers have operated “Project Care Track.” Under Project Care Track, families with a relative who might be prone to wandering away from home (this can include people with Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, Down Syndrome, Autism, Prader-Willi or traumatic brain injury) allow the Volunteers to put a transmitter their family member’s wrist. If the family member wanders away, the Search and Rescue Volunteers will come to the area with a receiver. Usually recovery of the missing family member is very fast. This avoids the difficulty in finding a missing family member with dementia without the transmitter which often results in tragedy.

If you would like to learn more about Project Care Track, go to

The Herald:





STARBUCKS- Hackers Target Starbucks Cards- Update

On May 11 I published an article claiming that Starbucks cards had been hacked ( with the implication that there was a serious security flaw on the part of Starbucks. The press also reported on this and articles on the subject went viral over the internet. My posting also generated a lot of interest.

Soon after this, Starbucks issued a press release denying that their servers had been hacked. It explained that Starbucks cards are often hacked “… when criminals obtain reused names and passwords from other sites and attempt to apply that information to Starbucks.” Starbucks encourages its customers to use strong passwords and to use unique passwords for all of their accounts.

Backing up Starbucks’ press release is Brian Krebs in his blog Krebs on Security. He explains that often an increase of fraudulent activity in major brand accounts begins with postings in hacker forums friendly to amateur hackers (often referred to as “noobs” for newbie or a new person who is clueless) “…about large numbers of compromised accounts for sale, and the publication of teachable ‘methods’ for extracting value from said hacked accounts.” This was the case for the reported hacking of the Starbucks cards. The security problem did not come from hackers entering Starbucks servers and taking sensitive account information, it came from hackers finding lists of ID’s and passwords and trying out those passwords on multiple accounts.

Krebs points out his belief that major companies could make an extra effort to enhance security by offering features such as two-step authentication. With word of security breaches such as alleged by Starbucks, major companies’ images do take a hit. However, Krebs concludes:

“But it works both ways: consumers who re-use passwords for sites holding their payment data are asking for trouble, and will get it eventually.”

Having strong passwords remains good advice. But, having unique passwords for each of your online financial accounts is equally important.

Starbucks Press Release May 13, 2015:

Krebs on Security:




Friday, May 22, 2015


The Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office has issued its Annual Report for 2014. The report gives crime statistics for the unincorporated part of Snohomish County and the cities that contract with the Sheriff’s Office as well as a summary of major events that occurred in 2014 and descriptions of the major functions of the Sheriff’s Office.

To see the report go to this link:


Thursday, May 21, 2015

SNOHOMISH COUNTY- Property Crimes Unit Looking for Burglar

The North Snohomish County Property Crimes Unit is looking for Monique Weir.

Ms. Weir is wanted for multiple burglaries and trafficking cases. She apparently likes to break into people’s garages and sheds. She will steal what she can and then pawn what she takes.
Detectives believe that she may be in possession of a stolen firearm and she may be in Eastern Washington.

If you know where she is call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS. You can also text tips to Crime Stoppers; for instructions go to this link:

Note: With summer weather on us, we often have projects around the house. Often we leave our garage doors open while we are doing our chores in the back yard. This is an open invitation for a burglar to walk into the garage and take what they want. And if your garage is connected to your house, that burglar can have easy access inside. Keep your garage doors closed and locked, even if you are around the house. And lock any storage sheds that you have on your property.

Washington’s Most Wanted:



Tuesday, May 19, 2015

CYBER SECURITY- Three Ways Criminals Can Get into your Computer

The AARP Fraud Watch Network and the Washington State Attorney General’s Office have begun a statewide educational campaign on cyber security. On May 12, AARP hosted a Cyber Security event at the Museum of Flight in Seattle where over 200 consumers listened to various experts talk about different aspects of cyber security.

During that event, the audience viewed three videos that demonstrated the capabilities of criminals to enter your PC, laptop, tablet or Smartphone. Three methods that criminals can use to break into your computerized device include:

  1. The Evil Twin Attack. A hacker will set up shop in or near a coffee shop, hotel, or airport where there is free Wi-Fi. The hacker will set up a fake access point and might use the same name as the coffee shop or hotel or it might be named “free airport Wi-Fi” or “free hotel Wi-Fi.” The fake access point will have a signal that may be stronger than the legitimate access point. The hacker can lurk in the background to collect id’s and passwords or he can have a message sent to your device telling you that you need to pay for access in an attempt to collect your bankcard information. So, if you are expecting free Wi-Fi and are asked to pay for it, get off of that access point. Watch this video for more information on the Evil Twin Attack:

  1. War Driving. A hacker will drive through a neighborhood with his portable computer or smartphone and special software that can detect the active Wi-Fi access points. The hacker is looking for access points that use older and weaker security protocols such as WEP. The newest protocol is WPA2. Check your router for the security protocol and make sure that it uses WPA2. If you cannot change the protocol in the router’s settings, purchase a new router. Watch this video for more information on War Driving:

  1. “Man-in-the-middle” Attack. A hacker inserts himself between your computer and any other computers that you are communicating with. By receiving your signal, the hacker can intercept any passwords or account numbers that you might be using. This attack can be used with free or unsecured Wi-Fi connections. For more information about the Man-in-the-middle Attack, take a look at this video:

Here are some recommendations to protect your from these attacks?

  • Treat all Wi-Fi signals with suspicion.
  • Consider using your cell phone. The data signal for your cell phone provider is considered safe from intruders. If you need to access a social networking, online shopping or banking site, use your cell phone’s data plan.
  • Protect you device against cyber-attacks. All of your devices should have up to date anti-malware and anti-virus software.
  • Conduct private business privately. Do not access your sensitive credit card or bank accounts from a free Wi-Fi access point. Do this business from your own secure network.
  • Change your settings. Change the settings of your device so that it does not automatically connect to any nearby Wi-Fi network. This way you will be more aware of what networks you are connected to.
  • Turn off your wireless network when you are not using it.
  • Use encryption. Encryption encodes transmitted data so that strangers cannot see what is transmitted. Currently, there are two encryption protocols available to Wi-Fi networks: Wired Equivalent Privacy (WEP) which is out of date and Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA) with WPA2 being the newest version of this protocol. Be sure to use WPA2.

AARP Fraud Watch Network Shady Signals Report:



Monday, May 18, 2015

CYBER SECURITY- Protect Your Information from Theft

The AARP Fraud Watch Network and the Washington State Attorney General’s Office have begun a statewide educational campaign on cyber security. On May 12, AARP hosted a Cyber Security event at the Museum of Flight in Seattle where over 200 consumers listened to various experts talk about different aspects of cyber security.

Cyber security includes measures to protect computers (PC’s, laptops, tablets and smartphones), networks, software and data from unauthorized access.

AARP recently conducted a survey of Washington adults that shows that 73% access the internet every day. Clearly, the internet has become an integral part of our everyday life. In addition, of those users, at least 39% said that they use free Wi-Fi service at least once a month.

In other findings:

  • Of those who said that they use Wi-Fi once a month, one quarter (25%) said that they use free Wi-Fi for financial transactions and 22% use free Wi-Fi to make purchases that include their credit card information.
  • 25% do not use a passcode on their smartphone.
  • 61% have not set up online access to all of their credit card and bank accounts.
  • 41% have not changed the password to their online access to their credit card of bank accounts.
  • 43% receive mail in an unlocked mailbox. Of those, 60% receive paper statements.
  • 66% leave a personal item in sight in their car.
AARP interprets the results of the survey as a warning that consumers are not taking effective measures to protect the information that they have access to on their PC’s, tablets and smartphones. They point out that various criminals, both locally and internationally, have the capability to hack into your computer.

The AARP Fraud Watch Network recommends the following:

  • Do not access your credit card, bank account, or conduct online purchases using a free Wi-Fi network. Local hackers can eavesdrop on your device or even set up a fake Wi-Fi network to gather personal information and your ID’s and passwords.
  • Set up a password for your smartphone. Should you lose your phone or should it be stolen, a password will make it more difficult for a thief or someone who finds your phone to see sensitive information that you have on it.
  • Check your credit card and bank accounts online regularly. Online access is not only convenient it is secure. As long as your see the “https” in the address bar of your browser your link to your account is secure. Some security experts recommend that consumers check their accounts daily for suspicious transactions and report them promptly to your financial institution.
  • Change the passwords to your sensitive credit card, bank account and shopping online accounts regularly. Some experts recommend every 90 days. Also use strong passwords.
  • Use a locking mailbox for your mail. Even with more people receiving their statements via email, mail theft is a major source of personal information such as account numbers for identity thieves. It’s OK to receive a paper statement in the mail if you want, just be sure that it is delivered to your locking mailbox.
  • When you park your car, do not leave anything visible in it. Car prowlers are looking not only for items to sell for their drug habits, they are increasingly looking for account numbers that can be found in your wallet, purse, laptop or smartphone.

AARP Fraud Watch Network Shady Signals Report:




Wednesday, May 13, 2015

VACATION- Beware of Vacation Scams

We are rapidly approaching the summer vacation season. Regular readers know to hold their mail and newspapers, and ask a trusted friend or neighbor to watch their house. But here are some things to watch out for in preparation for your vacation and while you are enjoying your vacation.

  • “Free Vacation.” You may receive a notice via postcard, letter or phone message that you have won a “free” vacation to a luxury location. Some of these offers require you to sit through a high pressure sales pitch to join a vacation club. The sales people claim that members receive discounted travel deals. After you have gone through the pitch there are problems in receiving your promised free vacation. In a variation of this scam, a phony travel agency offers the free or discounted trip, but to receive it you need to pay a service charge or pay for a travel club membership. Once you pay with your credit card or by wiring money, the travel agency is long gone with your money and maybe with your credit card account number.
  • Social-Media. Scammers have migrated to social-media sites such as Facebook. The scammer will set up an account then encourage viewers to “like,” “follow” or “comment on” their site. In reality, this is a way to get to you click on a link that installs malware or take you to a web site that collects your Social Security Number, credit card account number or other personal information. Do not click on any of these links.
  • Fake vacation homes. Scammers will frequently advertise vacation homes or resorts on Craigslist. They will have enticing photos and require you to wire a deposit. Take this as a red flag if wiring money is the only way of payment. If you pay, and you arrive at the destination, it turns out that the address isn’t real, the property isn’t owned by the person who took the deposit, or the beautiful resort is rundown or closed. To avoid this trap, Google the address to confirm the property exists or isn’t out of business. If possible, call the hotel or resort’s 800 number to verify your reservation.
While you are on your vacation there are some things to watch out for:

·         Wake-up call. You receive a call in the middle of the night. The caller says that they are from the front desk of your hotel and they want to verify your credit card information. They are counting on you to give the information on reflex since you are groggy. Don’t give it to them! Tell them that you will call them back or go down to the front desk, and then hang up. Call the 800 number on the back of your credit card and check for fraudulent activity. Go down to the front desk and let them know that you have had this call.

·         Fake Wi-Fi. When you travel, it is perfectly natural to look for free Wi-Fi at an airport or at your hotel. Identity thieves however often set up their own fake Wi-Fi network sometimes with the same name as the airport or hotel uses. And, they will make sure that their signal is stronger that the legitimate network. You might be asked for your credit card number to pay a service fee. Most of the time Wi-Fi is a free service to their customers. At hotels, you may be asked for your name and room number, you may be a password when you check in at the front desk.  If the network wants your credit card number, get off of that network!

The Seattle Times:

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

SEATTLE- Malware that Takes Your Money

Last night, Jesse Jones on KIRO TV put out an alert about some malware that apparently is being tested in Europe and Japan by criminals before they introduce it to the US market.

Malware is software that often secretly gathers sensitive information on your computer or gains access to parts of your computer that holds private, personal information such as identification, passwords and bank or credit card account numbers. Malware is often introduced to your computer through uninvited emails that have attachments or links that promise deals or more information. Some illegitimate web sites might also introduce malware through links that they have. On clicking on those attachments or links, the malware will install itself onto your computer and do what its designers want it to do. That can range from spying on your daily activities to access your ID and passwords to sensitive accounts such as your credit card or bank account to making your computer part of a “botnet” or system of computers that spread spam at the behest of the criminal or spammer.

According to Jesse, the malware that is being tested will look for the logon information to your bank account, then save that information. Then, the criminal will take some money out of that account. He or she will not take all of your money. After the criminal has taken your money, the malware on your computer sticks around to cover his/her tracks by showing the original balance, to make you think that no money has been stolen out of your account.

If we do see this malware, this will increase the sophistication of cyber theft a few notches.

Jesse’s recommendation is to go back to paper statements and call the bank for your balances.

While this might be a tempting strategy, it does not take into account a complete picture of how we can protect ourselves from ID Theft and unauthorized access to our bank accounts. We are not going to the pre-1990’s to all paper statements. Computers have become an integral part of our lives. Our personal strategy to protect ourselves needs to be as timely and flexible as the criminals who are coming up with new ways to make, or maybe take, money from us. You can take steps to prevent yourself from becoming a victim by:

  1. Prevent malware from entering your computer in the first place.
    1. Have good anti-malware, anti-virus and anti-spam software on your computer. Keep it running in the background and run scans regularly.
    2. Keep your software up to date. Often there is a selection in settings to allow your anti-malware software to check for updates on a regular basis. Select that option, so that you do not have to remember to update it.
    3. DON’T click on any links or attachments from emails from people or businesses that you do not know. And sometimes you may want to be careful about some emails from people you do know. If in doubt, contact the originator separately via phone, email (do not reply), or look up their web site via Google or Bing.
  2. Monitor your bank and credit card accounts closely.
    1. Some experts recommend checking your accounts online daily. However often you check them, check them frequently. You have a better chance to detect irregularities in a timely manner. If you see irregularities, contact your financial institution right away.
    2. If you still want a monthly statement sent to you in the mail, be sure that you have a locking mailbox. ID thieves continue to troll unlocked mailboxes for bank statements that have account numbers that they can use in ID theft. Mail theft still occurs in the 21st century.
  3. Physically protect your bank and credit card statements.
    1. Consider storing your bank and credit card statements in a locking file cabinet.
    2. When you park your car at work, shopping, and at home, take your purse, wallet, cell phone, and laptop with you. Modern car prowlers are looking for credit cards and account numbers.
This report is chilling as far as its reported capability. The key to protecting yourself is to stop the malware from entering your computer in the first place and keeping close track on your accounts. You can protect yourself. By keeping your computer and your personal information secure you can keep your finances safe.






Monday, May 11, 2015

SEATTLE- An Inexpensive Car Alarm

For years now, police have recommended not keeping anything in your car, even when you park it overnight in your driveway. And, many people have placed cameras on the sides of their garages to look down on their vehicles to catch car prowlers in the act.

Now, a Ballard resident has figured out a way to use an inexpensive motion detector to deter car prowlers.

They use a 1Byone motion detector ( that is intended to detect motion in a driveway. Instead of placing the motion detector on the side of the garage, they placed it in a discrete place inside one of their vehicles.

And it worked. After their vehicle was broken into numerous times, they placed the motion detector in the vehicle and the alarm by their bed. The alarm went off, the husband and wife pressed the panic buttons on their key fobs and the budding car prowler left the area quickly.

This goes to show that security measures do not have to be expensive. On Amazon, you can purchase this system for around $14.

While this method may work only at home, it is an innovative way to prevent a crime to your property.




STARBUCKS- Hackers Target Starbucks Cards

Earlier today a report came out that hackers have been accessing the gift card accounts of Starbucks customers, taking the balance and sometimes reloading the card to take more money.

Starbucks cards make it convenient to purchase coffee and food items at any Starbucks store. Even more convenient is the ability to use an app on your smartphone tied to your Starbucks card. The app has a bar code with the card’s account number on it so when a customer makes a purchase all they have to do is place the screen of the smartphone under the bar code reader. A handy feature that Starbucks often pushes is “auto-reload” where your card is automatically reloaded by an amount that you choose when the balance gets close to zero. To do the auto-reload (or to reload for that matter) your card is tied to your VISA or Mastercard account so that funds are charged automatically to you.

In one example, hackers stole $34.77 from one Starbucks customer, another $25 after it was auto-loaded and another $75 after the hackers changed the auto-load amount. The three transactions took place in less than ten minutes.

If a hacker can obtain the account ID and password, it is fairly easy for him/her to move funds around for their own purposes.

Starbucks recommends that Starbucks card holders, who have registered their cards online, immediately disable the auto-reload function on their account. Also, change the password to a “strong” password. To make your password strong, use 12 or more characters, include lowercase and uppercase characters, numbers and symbols, generate the password randomly, avoid using the same password twice, and avoid using information in the password that might become associated with the user or the account.

Note: With the convenience of paying online also comes a danger of hackers breaking into your accounts. While the amounts in the above example are not earth shattering, it is disturbing to have any amount of money pass on to someone who is not authorized to use your account. A feature such as auto-reload may be convenient to be able to have your caffeine fix on demand, it does allow someone to take funds without you noticing right away.

Currently, the best method to secure your Starbucks account is to have a strong password and to change your password periodically, as much of a pain as that might be.   







SNOHOMISH COUNTY- Flakka, The New Designer Drug

The local Drug Enforcement Administration office and the Snohomish Drug and Gang Task Force have issued a warning about a new designer drug called Flakka.

Flakka increases the body temperature up to 105 degrees and gives users paranoid hallucinations. It also makes the user incredibly strong for a short period. It can be eaten, snorted or vaporized. Vaping sends it straight to the blood stream.

Flakka is a cousin to bath salts and is believed to be manufactured in China and/or India. Distribution is often via the postal system, with distributers offering it online or in person.

Currently, law enforcement agencies have been seeing this drug on the east coast with some bazaar incidents reported in the press. But, 4 cases have been sent to the Washington State Patrol lab. Local law enforcement agencies expect to see more cases of this drug.

Parents can help prevent their teenagers from becoming victims of this by warning them of the effects of this new drug.

Q13 News:


DEA, Bath Salts:


Monday, May 4, 2015

SNOHOMISH COUNTY- Police Now Carry Antidote for Opiate Drug Overdose

150 officers from various local law enforcement agencies in Snohomish County have been trained in the use of naloxone, also called Narcan.

Narcan can be used to block the effects of pain killers such as oxycodone, Vicodin, codeine and heroin in the case of an overdose.

According to KIRO TV News, 1 in 5 deaths in the state from drug overdoses happen in Snohomish County. Nationally, and in Washington State, more people die from drug overdose than from car accidents.

Placing narcan with law enforcement officers and deputies can improve the chances of saving someone who is overdosing on drugs. While EMTs may have the drug, often police are the first on the scene of an overdose. Waiting for EMTs to arrive can lessen the chances of saving that overdose victim. Now, responding officers/deputies who have narcan can administer the antidote without waiting for further medical aid.

The distribution of the antidote is a result of a grant for 320 doses to the county.



Note: In the fall of 2014, narcan was made available to the public. For more information about this program go to;postID=8016828527165112069;onPublishedMenu=posts;onClosedMenu=posts;postNum=0;src=postname

Friday, May 1, 2015

LYNNWOOD- Police Looking for Robber

The Lynnwood Police Department is looking for Eric Hamman who they say stole a diamond ring from The Jewelry Source on 44th Ave West in Lynnwood.

Detectives say that Hamman is a convicted felon with convictions for trafficking in stolen property, home burglary and illegally having a gun. He also has two warrants for his arrest.

If you know where Lynnwood Police can find him call crime stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.

Washington’s Most Wanted:


SNOHOMISH COUNTY- Sheriff’s Office Announces Full Service Precincts

The Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office has announced that beginning May 18, 2015 its three precincts will be “full service” precincts.

In the past, services such as fingerprinting, concealed pistol licenses and weapons permits, and public records requests were only available at the county courthouse in Everett. This made obtaining these services inconvenient for many people. Now, the public can receive the services at their nearest Sheriff’s Office precinct or at contract police departments which include Snohomish, Granite Falls, Stanwood and Sultan.

In order to publicize the Sheriff’s Office will be holding open houses at each of its precincts:


East Precinct:

 Thurs., May 14
 4:00 to 7:00 PM
 515 Main Street
 Sultan WA 98294

North Precinct:

   Friday, May 15
   4:00 to 7:00 PM
   15100 40th Ave NE
   Marysville WA 98271

South Precinct:

 Saturday, May 16
 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
 15928 Mill Creek Blvd.
  Mill Creek WA 98012

The open houses will feature activities for families and demonstrations by specialty units, including K9, patrol, search and rescue, and SWAT.



Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office: