Holiday Season Safety Tips from SPD

We received the note below and the attached informational flyer this week from Jennifer Burbridge, Research Analyst who is on assignment with the SW Police Precinct.

Hello SW Precinct community groups and community members, 

Attached is a new holiday safety crime prevention bulletin (attached in both PDF and JPEG form)! Captain Davis and I would very much appreciate this bulletin getting distributed to your community groups, listserves, neighbors and families.

We often see an increase in package thefts around the holiday season- and we would like to make sure we provide our community with this very important information and prevention techniques.  

Please feel free to let us know if you have any questions!

Thank you so much for you assistance in getting this important information out to our community.

-Jennifer Burbridge

(206) 684-4138

Seattle University Graduate Research Analyst

Micro-Community Policing Plans

Seattle Police Department- SW Precinct

As she notes, please share this information! Here is the holiday-safety-bulletin flyer in .PDF format, and below as a graphic.

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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)

Voice your concerns! Take the Seattle Public Safety Survey!

Tomorrow, October 15th, 2016, another Seattle Public Safety Survey gets underway!

Some of you may recall that a similar survey also took place last year at this time. This will be the second (perhaps, second annual?) one. We’ve included a link to the survey, as well as more details below.

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Dear Community Members,

Please visit publicsafetysurvey.org to take part in the 2016 Seattle Public Safety Survey.

The purpose of the survey is to solicit feedback from those who live and/or work in Seattle to increase public safety and security in your neighborhood.

Through the survey results we will provide detailed reports on the safety concerns of each neighborhood to our partner, the Seattle Police Department, who will use that information to alter their community policing plans in your neighborhood to address the concerns of your community.

The survey is accessible from October 15th through November 30th and is available in Amharic, Chinese, English, Korean, Somali, Spanish and Vietnamese.

Please tell your friends, family, co-workers and community members about the Seattle Public Safety Survey and feel free to post the survey link on your social media.

Public safety and security are community concerns. Please make sure your voice is heard by completing the public safety survey today.

Jennifer Burbridge, the Seattle University Graduate Research Assistant who has been working with the SW Precinct for the past year and a half on the Micro-Community Policing Plans; (and her counterparts, who are working with the other Seattle police precincts), are again conducting this survey.

Jennifer will be one of our guests at the next meeting of the West Seattle Block Captains’ Network on October 25th. Bring any questions you have for her about this new survey.

Jennifer noted that you can get in touch with her, before or after our meeting, if you would like to work with her to setup outreach and assist in the facilitation of the survey to your specific communities or organizations. You can reach her through the SW Police Precinct.

We hope you will take a few minutes to complete the survey yourselves, as well as pass it along to those in your Block Watch groups.

The Seattle Public Safety Survey is open for participation from tomorrow, October 15th through November 30th.

Have you taken the Seattle Public Safety Survey yet?

If not, there’s still time! The deadline for participation is November 30th.

You can access the survey online at publicsafetysurvey.org. It is available in Amharic, Chinese, English, Korean, Somali, Spanish and Vietnamese, as well as English.

If someone you know is not able to take the survey online and would like help or more information, contact Jennifer Burbridge who is working with the SW Police Precinct. You can find her contact info, as well as more details about the survey and the Micro-Community Policing Plans here.
publicsafetysurvey

As we noted earlier, we hope you will take a few minutes to complete the survey yourselves, as well as pass it along to those in your Block Watch groups. This is a citywide survey and we want West Seattle opinions and safety concerns to be heard, and of course, addressed!

Take part in the citywide Seattle Public Safety Survey!

If you attended our September meeting, you may recall that Jennifer Burbridge, (the Seattle University Graduate Research Assistant who is working with the SW Precinct), mentioned this survey during her presentation about the Micro-Community Policing Plans.  We received the attached flyer and follow-up details from her this week.

publicsafetysurvey

Seattle University is administering the citywide Seattle Public Safety Survey. The purpose of the survey is to solicit feedback on public safety and security concerns from those who live and/or work in Seattle. A report on the survey results will be provided to the Seattle Police Department to assist them with making your neighborhood safer and more secure.

The survey is accessible at publicsafetysurvey.org from October 15th through November 30th and is available in Amharic, Chinese, English, Korean, Somali, Spanish and Vietnamese.

Please circulate this information to your friends, family, co-workers and community members and feel free to post the information on your social media. Public safety and security are community concerns. Please make sure your voice is heard by completing the public safety survey today.

Jennifer added that you can get in touch with her, “If you would like to work with a Seattle University researcher to setup outreach and assist in the facilitation of the survey to your communities or organizations, or you would like more information about the survey, please do not hesitate to contact me.” You can reach her through the SW Police Precinct.

We hope you will take a few minutes to complete the survey yourselves, as well as pass it along to those in your Block Watch groups!  We want West Seattle opinions and safety concerns to be heard, and of course, addressed!

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.