What online information from SPD would be helpful to you?

Join us this coming Tuesday, April 22nd, for our monthly meeting!

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Shanna Christie from the Seattle Police Department will be our guest speaker.  She wants our feedback about the online tools that are currently available on the SPD website, how they work and how they don’t.  Are you able to find the information you need?  Is the current Block Watch Toolkit useful to you?

She will  talk about the plans in the works for a re-vamp of the precinct webpages, starting with the SW Precinct.  They hope to provide better information,  and more timely information, about what is happening in our neighborhoods. Your feedback is needed!

Meeting schedule (Come early, stay late!)

Tuesday, April 22, 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, socializing and networking with each other while we set up the room.

6:30-7:00        Introductions, announcements, concerns, sharing ideas.

7:00-8:00        Shanna Christie from SPD – website resources, online tools and technology.

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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More about what happens to stolen property…

Many thanks to SPD Detective Everett Edwards for his information-packed presentation about stolen goods at our March 25th meeting!  

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For those of you who missed it or would like a quick recap and some additional information, see the links below.

Videos:

Our key takeaways:

  • Check the pawn shops 30 days after the thieves have likely pawned the items. Before then, the items aren’t allowed to be displayed publically.
  • Do look online on pawn shop websites, as they may “pre-sale” items that are subject to the 30-day hold, even though those items aren’t yet available.
  • Craigslist, Ebay, Amazon, etc. are also very good places to search since the pawn shops are under more scrutiny than they are.
  • If you see your items in a pawn shop, on Craigslist or another site,  notify the police (don’t try to confront the seller yourself).

While many stolen goods are recovered, they are often not always reunited with those who have lost them because of the following.

  • Do you have photos of your jewelry and other non-serialized items? These can help with recovery, especially if your items have any distinctive marks on them.
  • What is unique about your stolen items? A less-than-honest pawn shop could just generically describe a gold ring that has been pawned; if your missing gold ring is engraved or somehow visually identifiable from other gold rings, a photo and a more detailed description can help with getting it back.
  • Did the burglars get your electronics too? For insurance purposes, as well as for recovery purposes, it’s helpful to store serial numbers and photos of your property “in the cloud” or somewhere other than on a computer that could be taken in a burglary.
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Missing something? Learn what happens to stolen property!

Join us this coming Tuesday, March 25th, for our monthly meeting!

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If you are the victim of a burglary, car prowl or a robbery, what happens to your stolen property? If you see your property in a Pawn Shop, what can you do?

Detective Everett Edwards from the Seattle Police Department’s Pawn Shop detail will be our guest this month.  He will educate us about what that unit does. There will also be lots of time for questions and answers. 

Join us to learn more about potential things you can do that might help you get your stuff back!

Meeting schedule (Come early, stay late!)

Tuesday, March 25th, 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, socializing and networking with each other while we set up the room.

6:30-7:00        Introductions, announcements, concerns, sharing ideas.

7:00-8:00        Detective Everett Edwards from the SPD Pawn Shop detail.  SW Precinct Commander, Captain Steve Wilske, will also be our guest.

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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Interested in helping local victims of domestic violence?

Those of you who attended our meeting last March (2013) will recall that one of our guest presenters was from the Seattle Police Department’s Victim Support Team. They are now recruiting for volunteers. If you or others you know are interested, here are more details:

VST announcement (.pdf file)

Seattle Police Department's Victim Support Team announcement

Seattle Police Department’s Victim Support Team announcement

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Join us for a conversation with Seattle Police Captain, Steve Wilske!

Our monthly meeting is tomorrow, February 25th, 6:30 to 8 PM.

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New SW Precinct Commander, Captain Steve Wilske, will be our special guest.

Don’t miss this opportunity for a low-key, sit-down chat with him!  This is our chance to get to know him, hear about his career highlights and insights from the different positions he has held in SPD, and to find out about his future priorities and any potential changes he has in mind for the SW Precinct.

This meeting is also an excellent opportunity to learn and discuss how Block Watch fits into those plans and have a conversation with Captain Wilske about what we are all about, what our priorities and concerns are, and what he can do to support us as Block Watch Captains.

Meeting schedule (Come early, stay late!)

Tuesday, February 25th, 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, socializing and networking with each other while we set up the room.

6:30-7:00        Introductions, announcements, concerns, sharing ideas.

7:00-8:00        Conversation with SW Precinct Commander, Captain Steve Wilske!

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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Interested in obtaining a grant for a neighborhood project?

We know that many of you have project ideas in mind for your neighborhood, but could use help with funding.

We received word this week about 2 upcoming grant workshops – one tomorrow Thursday (1/30), one in early February – for the Technology Matching Fund grants with are offered by the Seattle Department of Information Technology (DoIT).  The City of Seattle is accepting applications for matching grants of up to $20,000 per project to increase technology literacy or use of technology tools for civic engagement for Seattle residents.  The deadline to apply is March 12thThe two free grant workshops will each cover the same information: grant basics, how to apply, grant requirements and what makes a successful application.

Workshop details:

            Thursday, Jan. 30, 10 – 11:30 a.m.,
            2100 Building, 2100 24th Avenue South, Seattle

            Tuesday, Feb. 4, 6 – 7:30p.m.,
            Beacon Hill Library, 2821 Beacon Avenue South, Seattle

This program encourages “community based civic engagement projects that build the digital skills of our residents, raise awareness of city resources online and use the internet, social media and/or mobile devices for community engagement and interaction with government”.  Visit www.seattle.gov/tech/tmf for additional details.

If the project you have in mind does not meet the qualification guidelines above, the Department of Neighborhoods also offers several other types of Neighborhood Matching Funds grants (Small Sparks, Small and Simple, and Large Projects). As we noted recently, they have a deadline for the Small and Simple grants coming up on February 3rd. You can find a schedule of their other deadlines here.

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Need help or have questions about neighborhood traffic issues?

Join us for our monthly meeting this Tuesday, January 28th!

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If your neighborhood has concerns about traffic, what can you do to resolve them?  Did you know you can borrow a radar gun to document speeding?  Want to know how to go about getting a traffic circle?  Stephen Padua, Neighborhood Programs Coordinator at Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT), will educate us on the different resources and options available to neighborhoods and how you can effectively address other traffic issues.

During the second portion of our meeting, we want to hear about any other issues or concerns that have been problematic in your neighborhoods since our last meeting in October (before our “winter hiatus”).

Meeting schedule (Come early, stay late!)

Tuesday, January 28th, 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, socializing and networking with each other while we set up the room.

6:30-7:00        Introductions, announcements.

7:00-7:30        Stephen Padua from the Traffic Management Division at SDOT: learn what help the city offers to neighborhoods that have traffic issues and concerns.

7:30-8:00        Round Table discussion: what are the main issues that you have been dealing with over the last 3 months in your neighborhood?

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!  

[Added 1/29/14] West Seattle Blog has posted coverage of our meeting here.

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