Community Council Hears About Crime Prevention From SPD

This month’s meeting of the Victory Heights Community Council featured speakers from the Seattle Police Department about crime prevention.

Read the complete minutes of the December meeting.

Crime Prevention Coordinator Mary Amberg, and Officer Bryan Kennedy on the Community Police Team for our area, spoke about how to prevent crime in and around your home. Many of the tips are available here, but include the obvious things like locking windows and doors, not leaving valuables in your car, keep lights on around your house, etc. Call 911 whenever you see suspicious activity, all calls become part of a database that helps put resources where they are most needed. The city’s Find It, Fix It app can report illegal dumping, potholes, trees in the lines, or homeless encampments. Mary will do a a free security analysis of your house and point out weak spots that need attention. You can call her at the North Precinct, (206) 684-0850.

Write down all the serial numbers of valuables in your house such as electronics, TVs, and bicycles (turn them upside, the number is under the pedals).  Other advice includes registering your cellphone with https://www.smart911.com/ so dispatchers know your name and home address in case of an emergency.

In other news, the Victory Heights Survey is still going on until December 31st: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CJJZJR7

The next meeting is Tuesday, January 17th. Sabrina Balieu, city councilwoman Debora Juarez’s right hand, will be the guest speaker and will talk about what’s going on in District 5.

Update from Seattle Police Crime Prevention

In a message to block watch Captains, the Seattle Police Crime Prevention unit announced:

Dear Block Watch Captains/Contacts:  Sending you a few items of interest.

1.       The North Precinct Burglary/Theft Unit continues to follow up on recent burglary arrests done by North Precinct patrol officers, and  due in some part to your watchfulness and good 9-1-1 calls.  The 19 year old serial occupied burglar and auto thief who was hitting the north end neighborhoods hard approx. 8 weeks ago has been charged with nearly 10 years.  He is in jail and won’t be released for a long time.

2.      A 39-year old, white female was arrested last week for multiple burglaries in the north end, some in which the residents were home at the time of the crime.  She confessed to detectives that she is an addict, and she preferred burglaries to prostitution. She spent the day with detectives showing them houses she had hit.  She told the detectives that she was surprised how many people leave their house keys out in  mailboxes; or on the front porch (she found keys in a pair of shoes on front porch).  Please re-think the hide-away key.  You may think it is unusual to put in under a paving stone, or huge flower pot, etc. but burglars who do this for a living, know our hiding spots.  She also told the detectives that she often looked in the windows and could see the desirable loot in plain sight (purses, cash, electronics).

3.      I talked with a gentleman today who lives in the Maple Leaf neighborhood.  Evidently, yesterday during the glorious weather we had, he was gardening in the front yard.  A thief, unseen by neither the homeowner nor nearby neighbors, entered this home through the unlocked back door and took cash and prescription meds. from a back bedroom.   I know it may be inconvenient to keep your doors locked when you are home and gardening, but these crimes are quick and contribute to our burglary rate increases during summer months.

4.      The Phinney Ridge blog was filled with reports of suspicious magazine solicitors so I attach information on Residential Sales from the City’s Dept. of Finance and Admin. for your perusal.

5.      National Night Out is coming on August 7th but some block watchers are inquiring about registration already.  J  I will send out an email when the registration information is on the website.

Thanks for sharing this information with your neighbors and distribution lists.

Seattle Police Crime Prevention

206-684-7711

You can read the document about door-to-door salesmen here.