Burglary Rate Falls But Residents Worry About Crime

At last night’s meeting of the Victory Heights Community Council, residents heard a presentation by Elizabeth Scott, the Crime Prevention Coordinator from the North Precinct of the Seattle Police Department (SPD), who said that compared with a similar period last year, burglaries are down in the Lincoln 2 sector that Victory Heights is part of.

Read the entire minutes of last night’s meeting.

However this did not assuage the concerns of some residents who, citing personal experience (and recent articles in The Seattle Times), felt SPD was not treating property crime seriously. Even though her job is helping residents with crime preventation, and not being a spokesman for the department, she said dispatchers have to prioritize cases and burglaries can be a lower priority at times depending on what other calls are coming in. “There are limitations to what we can do.”

Given the recent publicity in The Times, the new police chief, Kathleen O’Toole, said they would be reviewing police procedures. It is still important to report any robberies because it does provide data to the police department of what is happening where and how resources are allocated. On the prevention front, Elizabeth reminded us to lock your doors, make sure your house looks occupied even when it’s not, and store and lock up any ladders or tools that are outside that could be used to enter your house.

Meanwhile, if you need to report a non-emergency such as a homeless encampment or abandoned car, you can call 684-CITY, or use the new Find It Fix It app for your Android or iPhone. For added safety, you can register your mobile phone at Smart911.com with your personal information which would then be displayed if you ever call 911 to let them know who you are and your home address, which might be invaluable during an emergency.

And while burglaries are down, car thefts are up, particularly if you drive a 1990s Honda, Toyota or Subaru. Very often these cars are used by joy riders who leave them on the side of the road afterwards. Lock your cars, use a Club, and never leave valuables inside.

The next meeting of the community council is Tuesday, December 16th, 2014 at the Co-Op Preschool building in Victory Heights Park starting at 7 PM.

 

SPD Neighborhood Safety Rep To Speak Tuesday

The November meeting of the Victory Heights Community Council will include an appearance by Elizabeth Scott, the Neighborhood Safety Representative from the North Precinct of the Seattle Police Department. Come and hear what she has to say about the current policing situation in our neighborhood.

It meeting will take place on Tuesday, November 18th starting at 7 PM at UPDATED the usual location, the pre-school building in Victory Heights Park.  Remember to bring a chair if you want an adult-sized one.

We hope to see you there.

Lake City Urban Design Presentation Tuesday

The October meeting of the Victory Heights Community Council will feature a presentation by Katie Sheehy from Seattle’s Department of Planning who is guiding an effort with Lake City area residents and businesses to develop the Lake City Urban Design Framework.  This will be a great opportunity to view the draft document and provide feedback. Everyone is encouraged to attend. The meeting will start at 7 PM in the Victory Heights Co-Op Preschool in Victory Heights Park on Tuesday, October 21st.

As part of the regular monthly meeting we’ll get updates on issues that are relevant to residents of Victory Heights. Note the chairs at the school are sized for small children, so bring your own if you want.

The Victory Heights Community Council versus The World Crime League

It may not be a conspiracy, but the level of crime in Victory Heights lately has been unsettling to attendees of last night’s Victory Heights Community Council.

Read the full minutes of last night’s meeting.

Back at its regular meeting place in the Co-Op Pre-School building in Victory Heights Park, last night the council heard about recent criminal activity including a car stolen just hours earlier from 23rd Avenue NE that had also been stolen just a month earlier from the same location! A number of mail thefts have occurred as well, not only from unlocked mail boxes but the attempted jimmying of locked boxes on 20th Avenue NE. A number of car prowls and burglaries have been reported in recent weeks too.

No doubt the warm summer weather encouraged the criminal element to be out and seize on opportunities, but it’s also very important for residents to always call the police when you see something amiss or suspicious. The police need to know what is going on in our community so they can respond appropriately.

In November, the North Precinct of the Seattle Police Department will be sending their community liaison officer to attend our community council meeting, and they will be able to discuss block watches as well as other methods that can be used to deter crime. That will be on November 18th.

In other business, a motion passed to name the new traffic circle on 23rd Avenue NE after the late Susan Causin. And a dog poop bag dispenser is about to be installed in the park in case any dog owners forget to bring their own bags. It will be restocked by volunteers.

The next meeting will be at the pre-school at 7PM on Tuesday, October 21st.

Upcoming Events Calendar

Here are activities in and around Victory Heights that might interest you:

Saturday, September 6, Northaven Neighborhood Picnic. 11:30 AM – 2: 30 PM. Music and food, $8 for adults, $4 for children 3-12.

Wednesday, September 10, Northgate Bridge Briefing, Northgate Community Center, 6 – 7 PM. SDOT will talk about the proposal to put a pedestrian/bike bridge over I-5 to connect North Seattle Community College to the new Link Light Rail transit center. E-mail Art Brochet to RSVP.

Sunday, September 14th, Thornton Creek Alliance 20th Anniversary Celebration. Cromwell Park, 18030 Meridian Ave N., Shoreline, 1-4 PM. Concert in the park and free ice cream and cake.

Tuesday, September 16, Victory Heights Community Council Meeting, Co-Op Preschool Building in the Park, 7 – 8 PM. Join your neighbors to meet and discuss issues relevant to Victory Heights.

The Countdown to Neighborhood Night Out Begins

This year’s Neighborhood Night Out will be Tuesday, August 5th. Last night’s Victory Height’s Community Council meeting updated us for planning on what we hope is another successful event.

Read the complete minutes of last night’s meeting.

Heidi Smeller is in charge this year of the event which will start at 6 PM on the 5th on NE 106th Street, just west of the park. Like last year, it will feature potluck food and beverages (please bring something), and free make-your-own ice cream sundaes.  No toys this year unfortunately, we couldn’t get another grant from the city. If you would like to help volunteer to bring tables, set up, or distribute flyers throughout the neighborhood next week, please write to Heidi: VictoryHeightsNNO2014@gmail.com.

Last night’s meeting also featured a presentation by Seattle Neighborhood Greenways. They are currently working on making 27th Avenue NE in Olympic Hills a safe route for pedestrians, bicyclists and cars. This independent coalition is looking for community organizations to join and help “identity, advocate and activate safe and healthy streets for all.”

The only meeting in August is the Neighborhood Night Out, we hope to see you and your family there. The Community Council will be back in September on the 16th at our familiar digs in the preschool building.

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Victory Heights Community Council Meeting July 15th

It’s that time again, the meeting of the Victory Heights Community Council on Tuesday, July 15th. This month it will be held at Heidi Smeller’s house, 1717 NE 105th Street, the street that runs just south of the park. In addition to planning for the Neighborhood Night Out (August 5th), we will hear from Janine Blaelock about neighborhood greenways.

The meeting begins at 7 PM. We’ll also be looking for volunteers to distribute flyers on their block to promote the NNO. We hope to see you there!

 

June Community Council Meeting Moves Location

The Victory Heights Community Council meeting on Tuesday, June 17th will be held at Ardith Lupton’s house, 10408 23rd Avenue NE (where the Little Free Library is located).  The regular meeting place, the Co-op Preschool in Victory Heights Park, is not available during the summer. While we will be discussing the upcoming Neighborhood Night Out (coming August 5th), the main topic will no doubt be the recent drug bust on 19th Avenue and the abandoned house on Northgate Way. Everyone in the neighborhood is invited to attend the meeting which will begin at 7 PM.  We hope to see you there.

Spring Clean Work Party May 24th

At last night’s Victory Heights Community Council meeting (full minutes here), the annual neighborhood Spring Clean was announced. We welcome everyone from Victory Heights to come together to beautify our neighborhood this Saturday, May 24th starting at 10 AM. Meet up at the park in front of the preschool to get your supplies (vests, gloves, paint and brushes, bags and pickups will be provided). Last year’s graffiti removal was quite successful. If you know of any spots that need graffiti covered over or trash picked up, please e-mail Ardith Lupton before Saturday.

In other news, no word yet from CleanScapes about who will be receiving awards that were submitted last month. The Neighborhood Night Out for August 5th is moving full-steam ahead. It will be held the same place as last year on NE 106th Street right next to the park, with pot luck, ice cream, games, and flyer tables.

On May 29th, residents near Thornton Creek can meet up with Seattle Public Utility members to learn more about the Knickerbocker Floodplain project construction that begins this summer.

On June 3rd, the Seattle Department of Transportation will be holding an Open House about the proposed pedestrian/bike bridge across interstate 5 at Northgate. That meeting starts at 6 PM at Olympic View Elementary School, 504 NE 95th Street.

Watch out for construction on 35th Avenue NE near Meadowbrook as the road is closed for several months while the bridge is replaced, and Lake City Way will see a lot of changes this year including intersection rebuilds and signage.

The next meeting of the Community Council will be held at 10408 23rd Avenue NE at 7 PM on June 17th.

 

Victory Heights Community Council Meeting May 20th

The May meeting of the Victory Heights Community Council will be this Tuesday, May 20th, starting at 7 PM at the Preschool Building in Victory Heights Park. As usual, all residents are welcome to attend, remember though the chairs are all scaled for children.

Discussion topics will include planning for the Neighborhood Night Out in August, emergency preparedness (including a report of the May 17th drill), and promoting the Lake City Farmers Market.

We hope to see you there!