Have you considered potential responses to an intruder in your home?

Join us Tuesday, May 23rd, for our monthly meeting! Our guest will be Officer Todd Wiebke. 

As many of you know, Officer Wiebke is currently the SW Precinct’s point person who works with the homeless. He gave a great presentation in January about his role and responsibilities. It was an insightful meeting!

This month, we have invited him back for a tutorial and scenario-based discussion about how to prepare for the possibility of an intruder in your home.

As in preparing for an earthquake or other natural disaster, we hope it will never happen. Indeed, it may never happen. If does, at least initially, we will be on our own. If we have a plan, chances of having the best possible outcome in a bad situation will increase. At the very least, it may help to reduce fear and anxiety.

Officer Wiebke plans to talk about intruder scenarios with a focus on how to prepare for them and best determine plans of action.

Meeting schedule (Come early, stay late!)

Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017, 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!

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

7:00-8:00              Officer Todd Wiebke: How to plan your response to a home intruder.

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)

Outreach season “BEE-gins” this Saturday, May 20th!

Forgive us the bee puns…but we like to “bee” consistent.

If you’ve followed our blog or Facebook group for more than a year, you’ll know that we have an annual tradition of participation at the West Seattle Bee Festival. It takes place at High Point Commons Park and inside Neighborhood House, (6400 Sylvan Way SW, Seattle, WA 98126).

This will “bee” the 5th Annual West Seattle Bee Festival! 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).

Community Police Team officers from the SW Precinct will be at the festival with 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.

Can you GiveBIG to WSBWCN, tomorrow, May 10th?

GiveBIG logoHave you heard about GiveBIG?  

The Seattle Foundation sponsors this one-day, annual online charitable giving event to help nonprofit organizations who are doing good work in our community.

Here’s how you can support the West Seattle Block Watch Captains’ Network via GiveBIG!

  1. Visit the GiveBig website. Early giving is allowed this year, so you can do this today, as well as tomorrow.
  2. Find our fiscal sponsor, the Seattle Neighborhood Group here.
  3. In the comments area, designate your donation for the West Seattle Block Watch Captains’ Network. You will receive a receipt to make your donation tax-deductible.

***If your employer does a donation match, you can double your contribution! Some alumni groups do a “stretch fund” as well!

No matter how big, no matter how small, your gift allows us to make a difference.

You can ALWAYS give to West Seattle Block Watch Captains’ Network. At other times of the year, visit the website of our fiscal sponsor, Seattle Neighborhood Group, and find us on the drop-down menu under “Make a donation today!”

Thanks for your support!

Deborah Greer

Karen Berge

On behalf of the West Seattle Block Watch Captains’ Network (WSBWCN)

Follow-up from our April meeting

Thanks to those of you who participated in our meeting on Tuesday! It was nice to see some new faces in the room, as well as returning participants. Many thanks also to Jennifer Burbridge, Captain Pierre Davis, and Lt. Steve Strand for their presentations and input this month.

Following up, one of the questions that came up during the discussion was about how to obtain Block Watch signs and the regulations for placement of those. A question was also posed before the meeting about how to step down from a Block Watch Captain role. All of these are addressed on this page, Becoming a Block Watch Captain.  (The “Block Watch Toolkit” that I recalled from some years ago is no longer online.)

Announcements included:

  • Two emergency preparedness events are being held concurrently on Saturday morning, April 29th.
  • The 5th Annual West Seattle Bee Festival is coming up on Saturday, May 20th. Our organization will have a booth there, and some of the CPT officers from SW Precinct will be on hand with their mobile precinct.
  • Our next WSBWCN monthly meeting will be on Tuesday, May 23rd. Officer Todd Wiebke will be our guest speaker. We hope you will be able to join us!

West Seattle Blog has posted coverage of the meeting here.

 

Join us tomorrow, Tuesday, April 25th to talk crime prevention!

WSBWCN-giant-logocurrentJennifer Burbridge, our new Crime Prevention Coordinator, but a familiar face to many, will be our guest!

Last month, we learned that Jennifer Burbridge is stepping into a new role. She’ll be taking over crime prevention in the SW Precinct from Mark Solomon. Mark has been covering crime prevention for BOTH the SW and the South precincts. Fortunately, he’ll still be nearby working on crime prevention in the South Precinct.

Come meet and hear from Jennifer. She will outline her new responsibilities and talk about what her focus will be. We’re curious to hear how she plans to interact with the neighborhoods and with our organization of Block Watch Captains.

Please bring your questions, thoughts and ideas for our new SW Precinct Crime Prevention Coordinator!

Meeting schedule (Come early, stay late!)

Tuesday, April 25th, 2017, 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!

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

7:00-8:00              Jennifer Burbridge, Crime Prevention discussion.

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!

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

Added, 4/27/17:  Here’s the coverage and follow-up from this meeting!

Follow-up from our March meeting

Many thanks to those of you who attended and participated in our monthly meeting on Tuesday evening!

We especially appreciated the update and insights about recent crime in our area from SW Precinct Commander, Captain Pierre Davis. As well, Crime Prevention Coordinator, Mark Solomon gave an informative presentation about 9-1-1 that addressed some of the confusion that many in our community have.

West Seattle Blog has since posted coverage of our meeting, as well as this related story about Jennifer Burbridge who will be our new Crime Prevention Coordinator in this precinct.

Note that our next meeting will take place on Tuesday, April 25th, 6:30 – 8 PM, in the Community Meeting Room at the SW Precinct. Hope to see you there!