More on CPTED from the archives…

Following up on the subject of our meeting last month, Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED), we wanted to showcase some of the information presented to us earlier.

This is the West Seattle Blog’s video of our CPTED tour with Officer Jon Kiehn from several years ago. As we now have the capability of embedding video, we wanted to call this to your attention again!

As well, we’ve added WSB’s coverage of Officer Kiehn’s CPTED presentation prior to this field trip, as well as to this refresher CPTED presentation from Spring 2012.

There are many great insights in these materials!

Highlights from our September meeting!

WSBWCN-giant-logocurrentGreat meeting yesterday! Many thanks to those of you who participated, especially our presenters. 

SW Precinct Operations Lieutenant, Ron Smith provided detailed information on recent crime statistics – some excellent news about drastic drops in car prowls and burglaries. He also updated us about staffing of the Community Police Team, which at the moment is down to two, Officer Jon Flores and Officer Kevin McDaniel. Officer Jon Kiehn and Officer Erin Nicholson, who have both been so helpful to our group, are now working elsewhere in the department. 

Jennifer Burbridge gave an update on findings from the focus groups she conducted about the Micro-Community Policing Plans (MCPP’s). Kristin Tinsley gave a presentation about the new AlertSeattle emergency notification system.

The West Seattle Blog has published coverage of our meeting with additional details.

Our next meeting will be on the 4th Tuesday of October – October 27th – 6:30 to 8 PM. We’ll post more details as that date approaches!

Other Announcements

October 5th is the deadline to apply for the Small and Simple” Neighborhood Matching Fund grants (the mid-level grants). Small Sparks grants (the smallest grants) can be applied for at any time. You can find more info on the Department of Neighborhoods NMF website.

Surviving Disaster: Natural Hazards & Resilient Communities (UW lecture series): This free series will run on five consecutive Tuesday evenings starting October 13th. See our post on West Seattle Be Prepared for details.

Preparing for the Big One, new class offering from the Seattle Office of Emergency Management, November 4th, 5:30 – 7 PM, at SW Branch Library. They also have listed a free Earthquake Home Retrofit class on October 11th, but it’s currently showing as full. FYI, their classes are free, but most require pre-registration. You can find more details and the Seattle OEM’s full schedule of classes here.

Learn about personal safety for kids, vehicle security and more!

Join us on Saturday, November 15th, 10 to 11 AM at the Youngstown Cultural Arts Center (4408 Delridge Way SW, Seattle, WA 98106)!

Officer Jon Kiehn from SPD’s Community Police Team will host a conversation about Personal Safety for Kids. Everyone is welcome — parents, kids, and the community! Officer Kiehn will focus on personal safety from a kid’s perspective; he notes that this session will be especially relevant for kids who are ages 6 to 10.

Personal safety for kids is the featured topic at the “Public Safety” breakout session at this year’s Gathering of Neighbors; but, this training session will also touch on other public safety issues including vehicle security – an ongoing issue in our neighborhoods; Kay Godefroy, Director of Seattle Neighborhood Group (and a fellow West Seattleite) will offer insights and solutions to this problem.

We’re co-hosting this Public Safety session with Seattle Neighborhood Group. We hope to see you there!  We’ve included informational flyers with additional details below.




Please help spread the word about our Public Safety training session! As well, please pass along information about the overall Gathering of Neighbors event — it is a grassroots effort that can use some additional help with publicity.

Here’s the 2-page flyer in .pdf format: GON-Public-Safety-session (.pdf format).

Follow-up: Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED)

We had a good turnout for our most recent West Seattle Block Watch Captains’ Network meeting – many thanks to Officer Jon Kiehn for his informative CPTED presentation and to those of you who attended and participated!

A key takeaway from the meeting: there are several aspects to CPTED that work together to deter criminals. These include Natural Surveillance, Natural Territorial Reinforcement, Natural Access Control, and Maintenance.

As we mentioned, Officer Kiehn gave a similar presentation (slides are here) to our group in May 2011 that explains these concepts in more detail. He also conducted a CPTED property tour for our group; it was videotaped by the West Seattle Blog and is available to watch on YouTube (here’s a link).

You can also find both of these, along with any past/future presentations and materials, in the CPTED category on the menu in the right sidebar.

Great agenda for our WSBWCN meeting tonight!

Ever wonder how a burglar might view your home? The main focus of our meeting this evening is CPTED, Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design. Officer Jon Kiehn from the Community Police Team will share his insights about things you can do to make your home, workplace or neighborhood less appealing to criminals. Meeting details are here.

Learn (more) about Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design!

WSBWCN-giant-logocurrentJoin us this coming Tuesday, the 23rd, for our April meeting!

Officer Jon Kiehn from the Community Police Team will give his very popular presentation on Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED,  pronounced “Sep-Ted”).

Learn how to reduce the chances that your home will be the target for burglaries. It’s an interesting and enlightening presentation (think “target hardening” and “hostile vegetation”).

Even if you saw Officer Kiehn’s presentation last year, you’ll come away with new ideas and insights about changes that you can make for little to no money to make your home and neighborhood a safer place to be. Feel free to send/bring photos if you have specific issues to ask him about!

This presentation was originally scheduled for last month’s meeting; however, SW Precinct Commander, Capt. Kessler was able to stay longer than we had anticipated. If you missed that meeting, here’s the recap.

Meeting schedule (Come early, stay late!)

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013,  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, socializing and networking with each other while we set up the room!

6:30-7:00        Introductions, updates, concerns, sharing ideas.

7:00-8:00        Learn about CPTED with Officer Jon Kiehn!

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 or phone us at 206-424-0040.

Hope to see you there!  

March meeting follow-up

Thanks to those of you who attended and participated in our March monthly meeting last Tuesday! We were happy to have SW Precinct commander, Capt. Joe Kessler stop by to introduce himself and then stay to field questions about 2 safety concerns: recent incidents at the Nickelsville homeless encampment and activities at a nuisance property at 15th and Holden.  Our meeting also featured a presentation by Sarah Sorensen from the SPD Victim Support Team for domestic violence.

Our agenda had included a presentation about Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) by Officer Jon Kiehn. Due to the unexpected amount of time Capt. Kessler was able to stay with us, we decided to reschedule this presentation so we can give it the full hour it deserves.

You can find coverage of the meeting highlights from the West Seattle Blog and the West Seattle Herald at the links below.

Our next WSBWCN meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, April 23rd, 6:30 – 8 PM, in the community meeting room at the SW Police Precinct. We’ll post the agenda as that date gets closer. Between now and then, we hope you will join us on our Facebook group page for discussion.

If you have ideas for future meeting topics, please send them our way!  You can email us at or phone us at 206-424-0040.