Join us on January 22nd for our first meeting of the year!

WSBWCN-giant-logocurrentWe have a full agenda this month with a focus on timely topics!

Our main presentation topic is 9-1-1, something most of us take for granted until something goes wrong…

Our guest speaker will be Kayreen Lum, the E-911 Outreach and Training Specialist for King County. She will talk about the recent 9-1-1 outage, what caused it, and what to do if it happens again. She’ll also explain when and how to use the relatively new option, to send text messages to 9-1-1 (which is now available in Seattle and King County).

We’ll begin the meeting with a few announcements; introductions; and an update from SW Precinct leadership, Captain Pierre Davis on recent and current crime/safety issues.

As we go round-the-room during introductions this month, please let us know (very briefly) your top Block Watch-related priorities or concerns that we might leverage for upcoming meeting topics this year. We are also gathering concerns that we can provide to our City Council member-at-large, Teresa Mosqueda. She’s asked us about the priorities and issues of most concern to our organization. Time-permitting, we’ll have a few minutes to touch on these during the meeting. If not, please send us your input via email, post a comment on our Facebook group page, or bring us a printout that we can take along.

Here’s the detailed agenda.

Meeting Agenda

Tuesday, Jan 22nd, 2018, 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, and to socialize/network with each other while we set up!

6:30-6:45           Announcements, introductions; What are your top BW concerns?

6:45-7:10           Update from SW Precinct leadership.

7:10-8:00            9-1-1. Kayreen Lum, E-911 Outreach and Training Specialist for King Co.

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)

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Our 2018 meetings have wrapped up!

Our October 23rd meeting was our last one of the year. Thanks to those of you who attended and participated!

If you missed it or would like a recap, the West Seattle blog has coverage of the October meeting here, as well as coverage of our September meeting.

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Confused about our meeting schedule?  We meet from 6:30 to 8 PM on most 4th Tuesdays. We do NOT meet in July and August (summer hiatus) or in November and December (winter hiatus) — since many people are away on summer vacation or busy over the winter holidays.

Our meetings will resume on January 22, 2019. We hope to see you then!

Join us on Tuesday, October 23rd for our final meeting of the year!

We have two featured topics this month:

  • Package theft prevention
  • Resources available to us from the Seattle Department of NeighborhoodsWSBWCN-giant-logocurrent

During the holiday season, package thieves up their game to a higher level. We will discuss some techniques and available services that you can utilize to thwart package thefts and seasonal crimes of opportunity. Bring your ideas to share!

In addition, Laura Jenkins, Community Engagement Coordinator will talk to us about the various resources available from the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods. These include Neighborhood Matching Fund grants and the Community Resource Hub!

As this last meeting of the year gets underway, we’ll begin with introductions; a few announcements; and an in-depth update from SW Precinct leadership, Captain Pierre Davis about recent crime and safety issues.

Here’s the detailed agenda.

Meeting schedule (Come early, stay late!)
Tuesday, October 23rd, 2018, 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.

6:30-7:00              Introductions, announcements. Updates from SW Precinct.

7:00-7:20             Package Theft prevention discussion – bring solutions and ideas!

7:20-8:00            Laura Jenkins, Community Engagement Coordinator from Seattle Department of Neighborhoods.

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 appreciated, but not necessary to attend.

We hope you can join us!

Deb and Karen

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

Our monthly meetings resume on Tuesday, September 25th! Join us!

Our featured topic this month is Mental Health First Aid. We hope you can be there! WSBWCN-giant-logocurrent

Most of us are familiar with or have attended First Aid classes to learn CPR, how to respond to someone experiencing a heart attack or identify signs of a stroke. As well, many of us are aware of the newer First Aid courses offered locally such as Stop the Bleed, and Disaster Response First Aid.

But, did you know that there is also a worldwide movement to train the public in Mental Health First Aid?

Our guest speaker will be Sue Wyder, King County Mental Health First Aid Coordinator and Valley Cities Mental Health Program Manager. Please join us to learn more about Mental Health First Aid and King County’s new free 8-hour certified course on this topic.

How can learning Mental Health First Aid help you help someone? Why is it important? Statistics suggest that you are more likely to encounter someone in emotional or mental crisis than someone having a heart attack. It’s especially important to recognize the signs that someone close to you — family, friends, co-workers, neighbors — may be in crisis, and to learn and understand Mental Health First Aid techniques so you can help them and others who may be in need.

As this first fall meeting gets underway, we’ll also have introductions; a few announcements; and an in-depth update from SW Precinct leadership, Captain Pierre Davis on recent crime and safety issues.

Here’s the detailed agenda.

Meeting schedule (Come early, stay late!)
Tuesday, September 25th, 2018, 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.

6:30-7:10              Introductions, announcements. Updates from SW Precinct.

7:10-8:00              Mental Health First Aid Presentation by Sue Wyder.

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 appreciated, but not necessary to attend.

We hope you can join us!

Deb and Karen

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

Follow-up from our June 26th meeting!

As our “Summer Hiatus” begins, we want to take a moment to thank those of you who joined us for last night’s meeting!

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Our meeting guests included SW Precinct Commander Captain Pierre Davis (left), retiring Operations Lieutenant Ron Smith (center), and his replacement Lieutenant Steve Strand (right).

Crime  Prevention Coordinator Jennifer Danner and  Precinct Liaison Attorney Joe Everett were also in attendance.

West Seattle Blog’s coverage of the meeting includes video of Lt. Ron Smith’s parting remarks, as well as other meeting highlights.

We hope you have a wonderful summer!

Deb and Karen

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

You won’t want to miss our June 26th meeting! Why?

As most of you know, we take a “Summer Hiatus” in July and August — so our meeting on Tuesday, June 26th is our last one prior to this year’s Night Out events. We hope you can make it! WSBWCN-giant-logocurrent

We’ll hear a comprehensive update about West Seattle “hot spots” and trends from Precinct Commander, Captain Pierre Davis…and about how SPD plans to address them.

Soon-to-retire Operations Lieutenant Ron Smith will be there. Come to say goodbye and wish him well!

Crime Prevention Coordinator, Jennifer Danner will also be there with LOTS AND LOTS of safety-related informational materials that you can pick up to give to your neighbors on Night Out!

We don’t have a presentation on a specific topic this month, so we’ll have ample time for questions and discussion. Bring your questions and Block Watch-related issues! Let’s talk about tangible steps that we can take to make our neighborhoods safer this summer.

Here’s the detailed agenda.

Meeting schedule (Come early, stay late!)
Tuesday, June 26, 2018, 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. Pick up materials for your Night Out events!

6:30-7:15              Introductions, announcements. Updates 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 appreciated, but not necessary to attend.

We hope you can join us!

Deb and Karen

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

More about outbuilding thefts…

As we alluded to in our recent post about the May Crime Prevention Newsletter, the info was very timely. Since Jennifer published her newsletter, our block has had two outbuilding thefts as well as a car theft!

Am posting about this not just to say “Enough already!” — though that’s how most of us feel — but rather to share two pieces of useful information that resulted when we shared the news with neighbors.

The first is a picture we received as a follow-up that shows damage to the lock that was breached on their detached garage.

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The second piece of information is about a bicycle registry, since one of the stolen items was a bicycle: “Put your bikes on Bikeindex.org if you haven’t. We recovered a stolen bike via Bike Index earlier this year.”

Lastly, the car theft in our neighborhood was captured on video by a neighbor who has submitted it to SPD, but who doesn’t want their footage distributed more broadly. Our key takeaway after seeing the video is that it took just over 30 seconds for the person to show up at the vehicle, enter the vehicle (presumably with a shaved key), get it running, and drive off. He looked like an ordinary guy – white, with backpack; someone could have easily mistaken him for a student.