Follow-up from our October 25th meeting!

WSBWCN-giant-logocurrentThanks to all of you who attended and participated in our meeting last evening! 

Presenters on our agenda included Captain Pierre Davis, Commander of the SW Precinct, who updated us on recent crimes. Crime Prevention Coordinator, Mark Solomon, gave a presentation on Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED).

Other guests included Jennifer Burbridge, who spoke about the Seattle Public Safety Survey (underway until November 30).  Jake Hellenkamp from Seattle Neighborhood Group introduced himself and talked about his upcoming project work in the 5400 block of Delridge.

The West Seattle Blog has posted coverage of our meeting.

Note that our next monthly meeting will be on will be Tuesday, January 24th, 2017. This was our final monthly meeting of 2016, as the 4th Tuesdays of November and December fall too close to holidays.

Join us on Tuesday, October 25th, for our monthly meeting!

WSBWCN-giant-logocurrentWould you like to learn more about how you can make your home, vehicle or self less of a target to criminals?

Our special guest will be Crime Prevention Coordinator, Mark Solomon! He’ll teach us more about CPTED — Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design.

Mark has worked with Block Watch groups in Seattle for many years; he’ll bring his many insights and great stories about safety and crime prevention! He will also field any questions you have about Block Watch-related issues.

Updated, 10/24:  We will have two additional guests at our meeting.

  • Jennifer Burbridge, the Research Assistant who is assigned to the SW Precinct, will talk briefly about the Seattle Public Safety Survey that is currently underway.
  • Jake Hellenkamp from Seattle Neighborhood Group will introduce himself and speak briefly about a crime prevention project in Delridge that his organization has just begun.

We hope you can join us next Tuesday, October 25th, (4th Tuesdays), 6:30 – 8 PM, at the SW Police Precinct!

The full meeting schedule is below.Note that this is our final monthly meeting of 2016, as the 4th Tuesdays of November and December fall too close to holidays.

Meeting schedule (come early, stay late!)

Tuesday, October 25, 2016, 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; socialize and network while we set up!
6:30-7:00       Introductions, announcements. Updates from SW Precinct leadership.
7:00-8:00       Mark Solomon discusses CPTED and all things Block Watch!
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.

Hope to see you there!

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

Follow-up from our September 27th meeting!

Thanks to those of you who attended and participated in our September meeting about high-impact, repeat offenders! If you missed it, or would like a recap, West Seattle Blog has posted their coverage here.

Join us next Tuesday, 9/27, for our September meeting!

WSBWCN-giant-logocurrentOur monthly meetings resume next week on September 27th (4th Tuesdays), 6:30 – 8 PM, at the SW Police Precinct.

Our special guest will be Alex Voorhees from the King County Prosecutor’s office. Some of you may recall that she informally attended our meeting last April which featured a candid presentation by Detective Scotty Bach (as well as a guest appearance by a serial car prowler).

Serial burglars and auto thieves will be our big topics of discussion, as she primarily works with high impact burglars and auto theft defendants.  She’ll provide an overview of how their office deals with serial offenders — especially offenders involved in property offenses (burglary, auto theft and prowl and ID theft).

Meeting schedule (come early, stay late!)

Tuesday, September 27, 2016, 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; socialize and network while we set up!
6:30-7:00       Introductions, announcements. Updates from SW Precinct.
7:00-8:00       Alexandra Voorhees on high impact burglars and auto theft defendants!
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.

Hope to see you there!

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

Happy September! Our monthly meetings resume on Tuesday, 9/27!

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Hope all of you have been enjoying our summer meeting hiatus! It was great to see some of you out and about at the community festivals. We also hope that you enjoyed wonderful Night Out events last month.

Our monthly meetings resume on September 27th (4th Tuesdays), 6:30 – 8 PM, at the SW Police Precinct.

We’ll post the agenda as that date gets closer. If you have suggestions or ideas in that regard, please get in touch! You can email us at  wsblockwatchnet@gmail.com.

Look for us on Saturday at Delridge Day and the SW Precinct Picnic!

As we mentioned earlier, we’ll be at Delridge Day and the SW Precinct Picnic this  Saturday, August 13th! These two great annual events are held in combination on the grounds of the Delridge Community Center from 11 AM – 3 PM.

Delridge Day2016 poster

 

Come enjoy live music, free ice cream, yummy food, exciting demos at the Delridge Skatepark, and lots of activities for kids!

This is also a great opportunity to learn more about our local West Seattle community. Community groups and organizations (such as ours!) and West Seattle Be Prepared. Local businesses and vendors will be there.

The Seattle Police Department brings a safety focus to this event each year. You can meet the Community Police Team (CPT) officers and leaders from the SW Precinct, see some of their latest technology, ask questions, and talk with them informally about your concerns.

We hope to see you there – look for our booth, sporting the banner below! As usual, we’ll have informational materials galore!

Look for our West Seattle Block Watch Captains' Network banner!

Look for our West Seattle Block Watch Captains’ Network banner!

Upcoming summer events and activities!

We want to let you know about a few items on our summer calendar. Our annual “summer hiatus” takes place in July and August, but that doesn’t mean that our calendars are bare – only that we won’t have monthly meetings. We’ll still do outreach at community festivals, as well as get ready for and enjoy Night Out.  In chronological order:

SummerFest 2016, July 9th & 10th — Look for us in the Community Tent, where we’ll be sharing space on rotating shifts with other West Seattle community organizations. We’ll be there from 10 – 2 on Saturday and 11 – 2 on Sunday. You can stop by to learn more about our activities, as well as pick up informational materials and safety-related materials that you can give to your neighbors during Night Out. Do you have little kids? We have 9-1-1 coloring books and stickers for them! [Note that during the times that we aren’t in the Community Tent, you can find some of our materials at the West Seattle Timebank booth – located in the GreenLife area.]

Night Out, August 2nd — Just a reminder that this is one month from today!

Delridge Day / SW Precinct Picnic, August 13th — We’ll have an informational booth ) (including all of the cool stuff we mentioned above) at this fun, unique and informative festival. As well, officers from the SW Precinct will be on hand to answer questions, and demonstrate some of the cool new technology that is available to them. One year, they had a bomb-disarming robot handing out free ice cream to attendees!