New SW Precinct safety newsletter focuses on robbery prevention

Following on the heels of her CPTED presentation to our group, we received this new safety newsletter from Jennifer Danner yesterday. She wrote:

Good afternoon,

Attached (February 2018 Newsletter_ SW Precinct) and provided below is the SW Precinct February monthly newsletter- focused on personal safety and robbery prevention!

Throughout the city of Seattle, we are currently seeing an increase in street robberies and theft. In an effort to prevent these types of incidents, the SW Precinct would like to provide our community with the following personal safety and street robbery prevention suggestions. One of the most important things to remember is be aware and trust your instincts!

Please share this newsletter with your family, friends, neighbors, Block Watches and community groups.

As always, let us know if you have any questions!

Have a great weekend!

Jennifer Danner #8048

Crime Prevention Coordinator

Southwest Precinct

Seattle Police Department

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Highlights from our September meeting!

Thanks to all who attended our monthly meeting last night! Our agenda included  updates from SW Precinct leadership and attendees about incidents that took place in our neighborhoods over the summer. As well, I led a brief discussion about emergency preparedness.

West Seattle Blog has coverage of the meeting here.

Following up, on the emergency preparedness segment, here are links to some of the classes that I mentioned and other resources.

Our next West Seattle Block Watch Captains’ Network meeting will be on Tuesday, October 24th, 6:30 to 8 PM, in the community meeting room at the SW Precinct. We’ll post the agenda as that day gets closer.

Summer safety info from the SW Precinct

Earlier this month, we received this August edition of Crime Prevention Coordinator, Jennifer Burbridge’s Community Safety newsletter. Apologies for the delay in passing this along.

Jennifer noted:

Hello all,

Attached is my August newsletter, focused on the topic of firearm safety and violence prevention. I have attached it in Word and PDF forms. Please let me know if you have any questions!

Also I would like to call special attention to the last part of my newsletter:

Please feel free to contact me with questions, concerns and/or to request my presence at a future meeting. I would be happy to provide a presentation on firearm safety and violence prevention upon request. In the next month, the SW Precinct will have free firearm cable locks available to encourage safe storage, please contact me directly if you are interested.

FYI, you can meet Jennifer tomorrow (Saturday, August 12th), at Delridge Day and the SW Precinct Picnic.

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A quick reminder…

Hi everyone! Hope you are enjoying this wonderful summer weather!

A quick reminder that we do NOT have a meeting this month or in August. Our meetings will resume again on the 4th Tuesday of September. As that date gets closer, we’ll post the agenda and additional details.

I neglected to post coverage from our last meeting. You can now find it here. Thanks to those of you who participated, especially our guest speaker, Angela Socci!

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.


Highlights and follow-up from our January meeting!

We had some great discussion at our meeting yesterday. Thanks to all of you who participated!

We were happy that Officer Todd Wiebke was able to attend, as well as others from the SW Precinct. We heard updates from Captain Pierre Davis about recent trends and how his officers have been successful at addressing them. Operations Lt. Ron Smith; Crime Prevention Coordinator, Mark Solomon; and outgoing Research Analyst, Jennifer Burbridge were also on hand.

Officer Wiebke spoke about his work with the homeless population in the SW Precinct which includes West Seattle and South Park. He put a human face on this issue, describing some of the homeless individuals that he has met while doing this work. We were surprised to learn that some have jobs, but return to an encampment each night.

He also spoke of some of the challenges that the homeless have. He focused on the distinction between clean and sober encampments such as Camp Second Chance (CSC), and some of the ad hoc, unregulated encampments that are elsewhere in our precinct; as well as throughout Seattle, and to the south in some of the unincorporated areas.

Officer Todd Wiebke, from the SW Precinct Community Police Team, describes how SPD's role in addressing homeless issues is a small part of a broader effort involving many others

Officer Todd Wiebke, from the SW Precinct Community Police Team, describes how SPD’s role in addressing homeless issues is a small part of a broader effort that involves many others.

Some of the complexity in addressing homelessness has to do with the location of encampments. Some are in different jurisdictions — city, county, and state. As well, some of the homeless are in parks, are on private or commercial property, or on abandoned property in the process of foreclosure.

He noted an important distinction: “homelessness versus lawlessness.” He talked of success he has had helping some of the homeless get back on their feet, in some cases, connecting them with organizations and programs that provide support.

Officer Wiebke also talked of successfully cleaning out homeless encampments, if the inhabitants are breaking laws. He spoke in detail about those living in vehicles such as RV’s and campers. Individuals who are using drugs are usually also committing crimes to support those habits. He explained some of the challenges of getting them to leave.

He also addressed the issue of mental illness among some homeless. Many were surprised to hear him say that Washington State ranks so low in mental health care. After our meeting, I discovered this recent article in the Seattle PI that provides some additional context on that issue.

He also pointed out a distinction between homeless who live among us, and transients from outside our area who may show up here to prey upon West Seattle, then return to other places.

He reiterated that those living at Camp Second Chance (and presumably residents at other clean and sober camps) are quite different than those encampments that are unregulated.  One of the requirements at CSC is that the residents keep it clean.

I was surprised to hear him say that sometimes the debris seen nearby is illegally dumped by non-homeless outsiders who don’t want to pay Transfer Station fees, and don’t care if their actions are blamed on the homeless.

We hope to have Officer Wiebke back as a guest at future meetings, as his presentation was thought-provoking and informative.

During the introductory portion of the meeting, we had a few unrelated announcements. These included information about Neighborhood Matching Fund grants and emergency preparedness classes. Barbara Pascucci spoke briefly about HALA rezoning meetings. I’ll add links to that information shortly.

As well, Deborah and I opened the meeting with some of our thoughts about what we’d like to accomplish or potentially change as we head further into this new year. We’ll follow up with a separate post about that; we want your thoughts and input! You can email us at

FYI, West Seattle blog has highlights from our meeting here. [Added, 1/27/17:  WSB has just posted an overview of a visit to Camp Second Chance, that ties in well with our discussion.]

Karen Berge, Co-Founder

West Seattle Block Watch Captains’ Network (WSBWCN)

Come see us tomorrow at Delridge Day and the SW Precinct Picnic!

We won’t be in two places at once…Delridge Day and the SW Precinct Picnic are being held jointly this year, tomorrow (Saturday, August 17th) from 11 – 4 at the Delridge Community Center and in the adjacent park and Delridge Skatepark. We’ve participated in both Delridge Day and the Precinct Picnic for the past several years – should be a great combination!

We’ll be among the 75+ exhibitors, vendors and community groups particpating. You’ll also find wonderful music, entertainment, and food! Here’s the schedule. The SW Precinct (further south on Delridge, at 2300 SW Webster Street) will be offering precinct tours from 1 – 4 PM. In previous years, the Precinct Picnic has always been a great venue for kids in that it gives them an opportunity to talk to the officers, see cool robotics technology, etc.

This is our (West Seattle Block Watch Captains’ Network’s) last scheduled community outreach event for the year, so stop by to pick up free printed materials and/or learn more about our group. We have free coloring books for kids of varying ages; this includes the ‘brand new’ 9-1-1 coloring book from King County for very young kids featuring Emory the emergency penguin. We also have a wide assortment of new safety-related informational materials from the Seattle Neighborhood Group and the Seattle Office of Emergency Management, many of them available in multiple languages.

We hope to see you there!