Learn about personal safety for kids, vehicle security and more!

Join us on Saturday, November 15th, 10 to 11 AM at the Youngstown Cultural Arts Center (4408 Delridge Way SW, Seattle, WA 98106)!

Officer Jon Kiehn from SPD’s Community Police Team will host a conversation about Personal Safety for Kids. Everyone is welcome — parents, kids, and the community! Officer Kiehn will focus on personal safety from a kid’s perspective; he notes that this session will be especially relevant for kids who are ages 6 to 10.

Personal safety for kids is the featured topic at the “Public Safety” breakout session at this year’s Gathering of Neighbors; but, this training session will also touch on other public safety issues including vehicle security – an ongoing issue in our neighborhoods; Kay Godefroy, Director of Seattle Neighborhood Group (and a fellow West Seattleite) will offer insights and solutions to this problem.

We’re co-hosting this Public Safety session with Seattle Neighborhood Group. We hope to see you there!  We’ve included informational flyers with additional details below.

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Please help spread the word about our Public Safety training session! As well, please pass along information about the overall Gathering of Neighbors event — it is a grassroots effort that can use some additional help with publicity.

Here’s the 2-page flyer in .pdf format: GON-Public-Safety-session (.pdf format).

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Take action at our meeting tomorrow to secure your stuff!

Join us tomorrow, October 28th, for our monthly meeting – the last meeting this year before our Holiday Hiatus!

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If you are the victim of a theft or burglary, will you be able to tell law enforcement what has been taken and how it can be identified? Will you be able to prove ownership of your stuff once it is out of your hands?

How will you determine what is missing? Do you know the model and/or serial number? Do you have photographs of items that don’t have identifying marks?  Have you added any personal markings, such as your WA Driver License number, to your stuff?

At our meeting tomorrow, we’ll have a demo of the new engraving kits that were announced by Captain Steve Wilske, SW Precinct Commander, at our last meeting!  The kits are now available to borrow at no cost; they include inventory sheets as well as instructions. Community Police Team, Officer Jon Kiehn will give us tips on how to best inventory your stuff. He’ll also provide his insights about where NOT to store your valuables if you want to prevent thieves from taking them.

This will be a hands-on demonstration of the engraving toolkits. You are encouraged to bring an item (or two) to practice on!

Meeting schedule (come early, stay late!)

Tuesday, October 28, 2014, 6:30-8 PM

SW Police Precinct, 2300 SW Webster Street (at Delridge Ave SW, next to Home Depot)

6:00-6:30        Arrive early for light snacks; socialize and network while we set up! Bring food to share if you like!

6:30-7:00        Introductions, announcements. Captain Steve Wilske will update us about crime and issues affecting the SW Precinct.

7:00-8:00        Engraving Toolkit rollout/demo!  Bring an item to practice on! Officer Jon Kiehn will cover how to effectively inventory your stuff.

8:00-8:30        Feel free to stay after the meeting to continue your discussions.

Everyone is welcome, even if you aren’t a Block Watch Captain!  RSVP is appreciated, but not necessary to attend.  You can email us at  wsblockwatchnet@gmail.com or phone us at 206-424-0040.

Hope to see you there!  

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Reminder! Our monthly meeting is next Tuesday, October 28th!

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We’ll post a complete agenda before the meeting; meanwhile, wanted to make sure it was on your calendars.

We’ll have updates from SW Precinct Commander, Captain Steve Wilske.

We plan to have other guests as well, but need to confirm the details. Stay tuned…

We hope to see you there! (6:30 to 8 PM at the SW Police Precinct, 2300 SW Webster Street, adjacent to the Delridge Home Depot store).

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SW Precinct has new engraving toolkits… to loan to you!

If you were at our recent meeting which focused on the topic of repeat offenders, you heard SW Precinct Commander, Captain Steve Wilske speak about some of the challenges involved in returning stolen goods to their rightful owners. He announced that his department had ordered several engraving toolkits that they plan to lend to residents.

He noted that if more people took steps to record the serial numbers from their items, as well as apply their driver’s license number to valuables, police officers would be able to locate and contact owner(s) when stolen goods were recovered. The use of an owner-applied number would also make it more difficult for criminals to sell stolen items.

Yesterday, Captain Wilske announced that the engraving toolkits have arrived and are now available! You can see the kits and learn more in this coverage from King5 TV on last evening’s newscast.

If you missed his original remarks, you’ll find coverage from our monthly meeting here.

 

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Our meeting tomorrow will focus on repeat offenders!

Join us tomorrow, September 23rd, for our monthly meeting – the first meeting following our Summer Hiatus!

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Does it seem like a few repeat offenders are committing most of the crime in our community? What needs to happen to successfully prosecute and detain them?

Earlier this month, SPD and King County prosecutors announced that they are collaborating to aggressively pursue cases against career criminals in property crime.

We will have several guests from the King County Prosecutor’s Office on-hand for a presentation and discussion on this topic.

Come learn about the role of the prosecutor’s office in this effort. How will this be implemented? What will be different now than what has been being done to date? What are the challenges and issues they face? What do they hope to accomplish? And, what can we as Block Watch captains and community members do to help?

Our guests include Dan Carew, Deputy Prosecuting Attorney from the Criminal Division of the King County Prosecutor’s Office; Darren Thompson, Deputy Prosecuting Attorney, Repeat Burglar Initiative (RBI); and Doug Young, Deputy Prosecuting Attorney, Car Theft Initiative (CTI).

Captain Steve Wilske, SW Precinct Commander, will be there to update us on recent crime in the SW Precinct. He will also explain and take questions about the Neighborhood Policing Project.

For those of you who want some additional background, Darren Thompson suggested the King County Prosecutor’s Office Filing and Disposition Standards (FADS) might be helpful. Since the full FADS include a lot of information, he forwarded the FADS that are specific to Burglary and Auto Theft/Vehicle-Related Property Offenses. These are attached below.

Burglary – FADS section 12

Auto Theft – FADS section 16

 

Meeting schedule (come early, stay late!)

Tuesday, September 23, 2014, 6:30-8 PM

SW Police Precinct, 2300 SW Webster Street (at Delridge Ave SW, next to Home Depot)

6:00-6:30        Arrive early for light snacks; socialize and network while we set up.

6:30-7:00        Introductions, announcements, updates from SW Precinct.

7:00-8:00        Presentation and discussion with King County Prosecutor’s Office.

8:00-8:30        Feel free to stay after the meeting to continue your discussions.

Everyone is welcome, even if you aren’t a Block Watch Captain!  RSVP is appreciated, but not necessary to attend.  You can email us at  wsblockwatchnet@gmail.com or phone us at 206-424-0040.

Hope to see you there!  

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Our monthly meeting is next Tuesday, September 23rd!

We’re back following our Summer Hiatus…hope you had a great summer!

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We hope to see you at our meeting and hear how things went in your Block Watch groups and neighborhoods over the summer. We’ll hear updates from the SW Precinct, as well.

We’ll post a more complete agenda before the meeting; meanwhile, wanted to make sure it was on your calendars. Everyone is welcome, even if you aren’t a Block Watch Captain!

Meeting details

Tuesday, September 23, 2014, 6:30-8 PM

SW Police Precinct, 2300 SW Webster Street (at Delridge Ave SW, next to Home Depot)

Our informational mini-flyer is included below with more details about our meeting schedule.

West Seattle Block Watch Captains' Network (WSBWCN) informational mini-flyer

West Seattle Block Watch Captains’ Network (WSBWCN) informational mini-flyer

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We enjoyed Delridge Day 2014 and the SW Precinct Picnic!

Thanks to those of you who dropped by our booth yesterday – it was fun to see friends and meet new people in the community! We especially enjoyed having the opportunity to meet the new Seattle Police Chief, Kathleen O’Toole.

We also enjoyed talking with SW Precinct Commander, Captain Steve Wilske, as well as several others from the SW Precinct. As we noted earlier, the SW Precinct Picnic is an informal setting in which community members can meet and learn more about the police department. It was interesting to see the Seattle Police Department special units including the bomb squad (which had a robot dispensing lollipops) and the dive rescue unit. The horses from the mounted patrol unit were quite popular.

Here are photos and coverage of this event from the West Seattle Blog and the West Seattle Herald.

And, here’s a photo we took of our booth (during a bit of a lull). As you can see, it was a gorgeous day!

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Our West Seattle Block Watch Captains’ Network booth at SW Precinct Picnic & Delridge Day 2014

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