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)

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!

Join us tomorrow for our monthly meeting!

We’ll have an update from Captain Pierre Davis on issues and activity within the SW Precinct.

We also tentatively plan to have a guest from the 9-1-1 Center, to explain the system and their process, and to answer some of the questions we’ve been hearing.

If not, we’ll build on some of the ongoing discussion from previous meetings, and ask for advice on neighborhood-specific problems. As we noted earlier this year, we’d also like to hear your ideas on what you’d like to learn, accomplish or change at future meetings.

Meeting schedule (Come early, stay late!)
Tuesday, March 28th, 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 the room!

6:30-7:15              Introductions, announcements. Update from SW Precinct.

7:15-8:00              9-1-1 discussion, and/or open forum about Block Watch-related issues.

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)

Our monthly meeting is tomorrow, February 28th!

WSBWCN-giant-logocurrentWe’ll have an in-depth update from Captain Pierre Davis on issues and activity within the SW Precinct.

As well, we’ll have some 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, and ask for advice on neighborhood-specific problems. As we noted last month, we’d also like to hear your ideas on what you’d like to learn, accomplish or change at future meetings.

Meeting schedule (Come early, stay late!)
Tuesday, February 28th, 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 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.

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)

SDOT seeks neighborhood input on traffic safety

Mark Solomon, our Crime Prevention Coordinator, sent us the following this week.

From: Solomon, Mark [mailto:Mark.Solomon@seattle.gov]
Sent: Thursday, February 2, 2017 3:49 PM
To: Solomon, Mark <Mark.Solomon@seattle.gov>
Subject: Traffic Safety in your Seattle Neighborhood

Dear Community Friends,

I forward the following message to you on behalf of the Seattle Department of Transportation.

Regards,

Mark

Subject: Traffic Safety in your Seattle Neighborhood

Dear Community Friends:

Greetings from Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT).  In an effort to better serve our diverse communities in Seattle, SDOT often reviews their policies and programs through Seattle’s Racial Equity Toolkit.  The Racial Equity Toolkit process relies heavily on feedback from external stakeholders and community input from people like you.

Below is a link to a very brief (5-minute) questionnaire about the Neighborhood Traffic Calming Program. The questionnaire is only one of several ways we are gathering input from community stakeholders. Our hope is to better understand the community’s interest in the program, what their experience has been, and get a general idea of barriers and benefits in certain aspects of the program.

TRAFFIC CALMING QUESTIONNAIRE 

Thank you in advance for your valuable time.  The toolkit process will complete in a couple of months at which time we will share the final recommendations.

Warmest regards,

Shauna Walgren

Neighborhood Traffic Operations

Seattle Department of Transportation

206-684-8681

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