More about outbuilding thefts…

As we alluded to in our recent post about the May Crime Prevention Newsletter, the info was very timely. Since Jennifer published her newsletter, our block has had two outbuilding thefts as well as a car theft!

Am posting about this not just to say “Enough already!” — though that’s how most of us feel — but rather to share two pieces of useful information that resulted when we shared the news with neighbors.

The first is a picture we received as a follow-up that shows damage to the lock that was breached on their detached garage.

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The second piece of information is about a bicycle registry, since one of the stolen items was a bicycle: “Put your bikes on Bikeindex.org if you haven’t. We recovered a stolen bike via Bike Index earlier this year.”

Lastly, the car theft in our neighborhood was captured on video by a neighbor who has submitted it to SPD, but who doesn’t want their footage distributed more broadly. Our key takeaway after seeing the video is that it took just over 30 seconds for the person to show up at the vehicle, enter the vehicle (presumably with a shaved key), get it running, and drive off. He looked like an ordinary guy – white, with backpack; someone could have easily mistaken him for a student.

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May Crime Prevention Newsletter focuses on vehicle and property crimes!

Hi everyone! This newsletter from our Crime Prevention Coordinator, Jennifer Danner arrived late last month and has some very timely information. Our own Block Watch area has had similar incidents just this past week (may post more about that separately).

Jennifer wrote:

Good morning,

Attached and provided below is the SW Precinct May Crime Prevention newsletter- which focuses on preventing burglaries (specifically to out-buildings, such as sheds and garages) and auto theft.

Please note the on-going offer for free residential and commercial security/safety assessments!

Always remember to call 911 to report crime and/or suspicious activity.

Please share this newsletter with your Block Watches, community groups, neighbors and friends.

Let us know if you have any questions!

Jennifer Danner #8048

Crime Prevention Coordinator

Southwest Precinct

 

We’ve embedded .jpg versions of the newsletter below, and have linked the .pdf version here: May 2018 Newsletter_ SW Precinct

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As Jennifer mentions, she is available to visit Block Watch groups on an individual basis; here’s a short video interview with Jennifer created by an Alki Block Watch Captain.

Most months, you can also catch Jennifer at our monthly West Seattle Block Watch Captains’ Network meetings.

Oops! Here’s our very tardy meeting agenda!

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What can I say? Mea culpa.

Our monthly meeting is TOMORROW, Tuesday, May 22nd at 6:30 PM — we hope that you can join us…and that (most) 4th Tuesdays are penciled in on your calendar!

We’ll have an in-depth update from Captain Pierre Davis on issues and activity within the SW Precinct. Bring your questions for him.

As well, we’ll also have time for open discussion, as opposed to a presentation. This is our chance to discuss top-of-mind Block Watch-related issues, continue discussion on topics raised in earlier meetings, ask for advice on neighborhood-specific problems and share your advice and knowledge.

Here’s the detailed agenda.

Meeting schedule (Come early, stay late!)
Tuesday, May 22nd, 2018, 6:30-8 PM

At the 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 with each other while we set up the room!
6:30-7:15              Introductions, announcements. Update from SW Precinct.

7:15-8:00              Open forum to discuss and share Block Watch-related issues.

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

Hope to see you there!  Everyone is welcome, even if you aren’t a Block Watch Captain! RSVP appreciated, but not necessary to attend.

 

We hope you can join us!

Deb and Karen

Deborah Greer and Karen Berge
West Seattle Block Watch Captains’ Network (WSBWCN)

New Crime Prevention Newsletter focuses on vehicle-related crimes!

Hi everyone! We received the April 2018 newsletter from our Crime Prevention Coordinator, Jennifer Danner late last week. She wrote:

…in the SW Precinct we are seeing a trend of auto theft and car prowl incidents. In an effort to decrease the incidents- the April monthly crime prevention newsletter provides information about what these crime are and how we can prevent them! Attached and provided below is our newsletter.

Remember to always report crime and suspicious behavior to SPD by calling 911!!

Please share this important information with your neighbors, families, co-workers and community groups!

As always, let us know if you have any questions.

We’ve embedded .jpg versions of the newsletter below, and have linked the .pdf version here: April 2018 Newsletter_ SW Precinct

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Note that Jennifer available to visit Block Watch groups on an individual basis to provide helpful tips on how to integrate CPTED (Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design) techniques into your neighborhood. Many of these techniques help prevent vehicle prowls and thefts!

Where will you BEE on Saturday, May 19th?

We plan to BEE at the 6th Annual West Seattle Bee Festival!

This favorite event takes place at High Point Commons Park and inside Neighborhood House, (6400 Sylvan Way SW, Seattle, WA 98126). Look for us at the Vendor Fair, between 11 AM and 2 PM, on the street that borders the west edge of the park, Lanham Place SW.

Make a “beeline” to our West Seattle Block Watch Captains’ Network booth to learn more about our org, pick up informational materials, ask questions or just say hi! We have some free gun safety locks available this year (while supplies last).

This is also a great opportunity to meet Community Police Team officers from the SW Precinct and see the mobile precinct. Other great community organizations that provide resources to our community, such as West Seattle Be Prepared, will be there as well.

We want West Seattle to “bee-come” even more connected and networked than it already is. We can all help with that effort by meeting and learning from each other!

“Bee-low” is the West Seattle Bee Festival informational flyer with additional details.

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Would you recognize signs of human trafficking?

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If not, or if you’re concerned, please join us to learn more on Tuesday, April 24th, at our monthly meeting!

Yes, human trafficking does happen here. Though this topic has been in the news recently, many of the details and the scope of the problem might surprise you.

Our guest speaker will be Claudia Lawrence, Community Director of the organization Seattle Against Slavery. She will educate us on the extent of the human trafficking problem in the United States and in King County. You’ll learn to recognize the signs of human trafficking, especially the types of crimes happening in this area. By recognizing possible victims and reporting your tips, you can help law enforcement potentially save lives. She’ll also talk about local and national resources that you should know about.

Everyone has a role to play in combating human trafficking. Please come learn about what we as community members can do to help make things better!

As always, we’ll also have an update from SW Precinct Commander, Captain Pierre Davis.

Here’s the detailed agenda.

Meeting schedule (Come early, stay late!)

Tuesday, April 24th, 2018

We meet from 6:30-8 PM in the community meeting room at the 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 with each other while we set up!

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

7:00-8:00             Seattle Against Slavery, Community Director, Claudia Lawrence.

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 contact us at wsblockwatchnet@gmail.com.

We hope you can join us!

Deb and Karen

Deborah Greer and Karen Berge
West Seattle Block Watch Captains’ Network (WSBWCN)

Watch or join the emergency communication hubs field exercise on April 28th!

Click here for more details about the total power outage “No Power, No Bars” emergency preparedness exercise that we mentioned briefly during our March meeting.

For those of you who are unfamiliar with the West Seattle emergency communication hubs, you can learn more about them on the West Seattle Be Prepared website and see them on this map!

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