On Tuesday, a resident on 17th Avenue NE saw two black men in the 20s approach her neighbor’s house around 10 AM, knock on the door, determine nobody was home and then left. About 15 minutes later, the neighbor’s burglar alarm went off when intruders broke a window on the side of the house (away from the watchful resident) and quickly stole an iPod and laptop and got away before police arrived. Moral of the story: if you see suspicious activity, call the police. Other residents reported seeing the two men knock on other doors along 17th Avenue.
Have you seen me? Last spotted on the traffic circle at 17th Ave NE & NE 107th Street.
Also, one of the sandwich-board yard signs used by the Victory Heights Community Council has gone missing. It was last seen on the traffic circle on 17th Avenue NE and NE 106th Street until it disappeared sometime before Tuesday evening. Any information about where it might be would be appreciated, contact the blog: firstname.lastname@example.org.
From the Seattle Police Department Blotter:
Neighbors observed smoke coming from a North Seattle home and called Seattle Fire Department (SFD). On 5/26/13, just shortly after 9:00 p.m., officers responded to a home in the 11000 block of 20 Av NE . SFD was already on scene and advised officers that when they arrived they found the front door open with its window broken out. SFD contained the fire which appeared to have been started in a back bedroom closet.
After further investigation, it was determined that the residence had been burglarized and then a fire started. The suspects attempted to enter via a basement door and when that didn’t work they entered through the front by breaking the window.
It is unknown at this time if anything was taken. Arson Bomb Squad (ABS) responded and took over the scene. CSI responded also and processed the scene.
Anyone with information about this crime is asked to call 9-1-1. Anonymous tips are welcome.
Last night’s meeting of the Victory Heights Community Council included a presentation from the Emergency Planning Committee about how our neighborhood should respond in the event of a catastrophic disaster that shuts down the normal means of communication and travel. To that end, a map has been created with each block in Victory Heights broken down into “zones” with the hopes of finding a Captain for each zone who would first liaise with residents in their zone in coming months, distribute city brochures on emergency preparedness, and in the event of an actual emergency, contact their neighbors, and be responsible for relaying information to a central location.
Read the full minutes of the May Meeting.
The city and emergency planning experts advise that every household should be prepared to be self-sufficient for up to three weeks before outside aid, food, electricity or water might be restored in case of a disaster. The purpose of the Planning Committee is to make residents aware of what they should do beforehand, as well as letting them know what plans for the community have been put in place. If you would like to volunteer as a Captain for your block, please let us know. The Committee will train Captains for doing outreach as well as supply all the brochures and information they will need. We all hope of course that such a disaster never occurs but we want to be ready if it ever does.
Other items discussed at last night’s meeting included the Spring Clean scheduled for Saturday, the recent break-ins in the area and how to let the police know about suspicious activity (we are their eyes and ears, call 911 if you see something that looks wrong), building a Little Free Library near the park so folks can exchange books, and organizing the picnic/Night Out in late July or early August for the entire neighborhood.
The next meeting will be Tuesday, June 18th, at a location to be determined (the Pre-School doesn’t have use of the building in the park during the summer months).
The monthly meeting of the Victory Heights Community Council will be on Tuesday, February 19th, starting at 7 PM at the Pre-school in Victory Heights Park. Everyone in the community is encouraged to attend.
[Update] Council President Ardi Lupton says the agenda will include:
Safety for women (I have printed out the safety information) 15 copies.
Recent crime reports.
Art Brochet from transportation department would like to speak on the upcoming repaving in Lake City http://www.seattle.gov/transportation/pave_ne125.htm
I imagine the local “crime wave” might be a topic of discussion with the number of robberies, car prowls, and mysterious midnight callers being reported in the neighborhood lately.
Thursday night, a number of residents on Victory Lane discovered car prowls and thefts of some items. Chris said, “Woke up this morning to a open car door and a missing items from my Jeep. Friendly local car prowlers are at it again. Reminder to keep valuables out of sjght and locked inside when possible.”
Good advice. I park outside all the time and I used to keep a lot of loose change and a cellphone charger in my car. These are tempting targets for opportunists, so I cleaned out the car leaving only cloth shopping bags and an ice scraper inside.
Keep an eye out if you can, and report any suspicious activity to the police (they do keep records of activity and will react when a trend appears to be going on in a particular area).
The Seattle Police Department’s (SPD) crime statistics map for October 2012 showed relatively little activity in Victory Heights last month. There was a home burglary on October 15th on the 10400 block of 20th Avenue NE, and three car prowls on October 25th, 27th and 28th respectively up near NE Northgate Way.
Until now, the best way to get real time police activity was to have a police scanner (or an iPhone app–several are available) but the signal-to-noise ratio is pretty bad with most calls being irrelevant to the average citizen. But now, per this article in the Seattle Times, you can get a Twitter feed that features news and activity from the Seattle Police Department (SPD) targeted for specific neighborhoods. Victory Heights is PDL2 in SPD lingo, or more formally, North Precinct, Sector Lincoln, Beat L2. Their twitter feed is here. You can visit the feed with a browser or follow it with your Twitter account.
Incidentally, if you hear sirens from fire or aid trucks and want to know where they are rushing to, this page from the Seattle Fire Department provides real-time 911 dispatches, just click on the “Today” button to generate an up-to-the-minute listing.
UPDATE: At approximately 1:35 a transient teenager was arrested after trying to break into one of the houses. A K-9 unit was used to apprehend him, with the suspect being bitten.
At 1 PM on Thursday, a number of Seattle Police Department units (and a hook and ladder truck) converged on the middle NE 100th Street where apparently the resident at 2160 NE 100th has barricaded themselves in the house. The street is currently closed to traffic. Updates as we get them.
As I walk around the neighborhood lately, I’ve noticed a spate of homemade signs asking dog owners to pick up after their animals. There are many pets and animals living in Victory Heights and we all need to behave courteously to each other in order to maintain a harmonious community. Nobody would want to find human excrement on their property, dog droppings are no different. Please cleanup after your pet. City law has fines up to $109 for violations.
Along that lines, I heard from Karen on our Facebook page and she wrote,
Just wondering if anyone else has noticed the dog problem at Victory Heights Park. It has become increasingly popular for people to bring their dogs there off-leash even though it is ILLEGAL. My kids love this park, but over the summer we had to quit coming and go to Meadowbrook instead because there were so many dogs. This is very concerning to me especially because my son has special needs & a great fear of dogs. Any ideas on how we can approach this with the city or police department?
Please obey the laws concerning animals, we don’t want to have to call the police about your off-leash pet. Here is a link to off-leash areas in Seattle.
Julie on NE 107th reports,
Jens and the kids pulled up to our house about 45 min ago to find a black athletic bag to the side of the front steps of the house. They went inside and found the bathroom window wide open. On going back outside to the front porch, a young man was running off down the street with the bag.
Description of the man (from the back):
White, in his twenties with dark brown hair cut short in the back, longer on top. Medium height. Wearing khaki shorts, a blue/tan/grey letter jacket, black high tops with white laces.
In the black bag:
a couple movies, a couple audio books, a beer, cigarettes, and some pieces of white cardboard
I’ll report this to the police shortly.
A few neighbors reported seeing suspicious window washers working the area last week.
There were also a number of reports about car vandalisms that occurred on Saturday on 20th Ave NE and NE 105th Street.