Happy July! Our annual Summer Hiatus has begun! Before we get too relaxed, we thought we’d quickly recap a few of the announcements and highlights from our recent meeting, and also take a quick look forward at our summer calendar.
- No regular WSBWCN monthly meetings in July or August – Our next meeting will be the 4th Tuesday of September; mark your calendars for September 22nd, 6:30 – 8 PM! Our annual schedule, as well as our contact info, is on this handy mini-flyer.
- Participate in a Focus Group for Block Watch Captains — On Tuesday, July 28th, 6:30 – 7:30 PM, you’re invited to join in on discussion and share your opinions about micro-community policing plans. Jennifer Burbridge, a grad student who is on assignment with the SW Precinct, spoke briefly about this at our meeting and we will post additional details from her separately. [Now posted here.]
- Night Out is on Tuesday, August 4th — As we noted earlier, registration is now underway! This is an excellent opportunity distribute informational materials to your neighbors. If you didn’t get materials at our meeting, there’s one more opportunity, so continue reading…
- We’ll be at Summer Fest on Saturday, July 11th from 10 AM until 2 PM — Stop by to pick up safety-related materials before Night Out! Look for us in the Community Tent next to Easy Street Records (intersection of SW Alaska Street & California Avenue SW). We will have kid’s items (bags, stickers, coloring books), as well as useful information for grown-ups (brochures/flyers on Personal Safety, Suspicious Activity, Vehicle Safety, Identity Theft (NEW!), SW Precinct contact numbers, and various emergency preparedness items including Out-of-Area Contact cards). Quite a few materials are translated into Spanish and many other languages. This is our only outreach event before Night Out, but we’ll also be at…
- Delridge Day & the SW Precinct Picnic, Saturday, August 8th, from 11 AM to 3 PM — Two great annual community-focused festivals are combined into one on the grounds of the Delridge Community Center. In addition to free music, activities, and ice cream, you’ll have a chance to see and learn about some of the new crime-fighting technologies such as robotics that are used to defuse bombs. Look for us there!
- Neighborhood Matching Fund grants — The deadline for Night Out event grants is over, but you can apply throughout the year for matching funds for other purposes. Visit seattle.gov/neighborhoods/nmf for details; you’ll find the online application at webgrants.seattle.gov/
Recapping our meeting (apologies that my notes were pretty sketchy), SW Precinct Captain, Pierre Davis updated the group on some of the successes they have had using Automated License Plate Reader (ALPR) technology. One recent “sweep” resulted in the recovery of 5 stolen vehicles.
Crime Prevention Coordinator, Mark Solomon, described in detail a new effort being planned for Denny International Middle School to promote student safety before and after school. He is still seeking additional adult involvement, especially from those who live nearby. If you can help, you’ll find his recent newsletter with his contact info here.
We had lots of good discussion at the meeting. Many thanks to those of you who participated!