Take action at our meeting tomorrow to secure your stuff!

Join us tomorrow, October 28th, for our monthly meeting – the last meeting this year before our Holiday Hiatus!

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If you are the victim of a theft or burglary, will you be able to tell law enforcement what has been taken and how it can be identified? Will you be able to prove ownership of your stuff once it is out of your hands?

How will you determine what is missing? Do you know the model and/or serial number? Do you have photographs of items that don’t have identifying marks?  Have you added any personal markings, such as your WA Driver License number, to your stuff?

At our meeting tomorrow, we’ll have a demo of the new engraving kits that were announced by Captain Steve Wilske, SW Precinct Commander, at our last meeting!  The kits are now available to borrow at no cost; they include inventory sheets as well as instructions. Community Police Team, Officer Jon Kiehn will give us tips on how to best inventory your stuff. He’ll also provide his insights about where NOT to store your valuables if you want to prevent thieves from taking them.

This will be a hands-on demonstration of the engraving toolkits. You are encouraged to bring an item (or two) to practice on!

Meeting schedule (come early, stay late!)

Tuesday, October 28, 2014, 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! Bring food to share if you like!

6:30-7:00        Introductions, announcements. Captain Steve Wilske will update us about crime and issues affecting the SW Precinct.

7:00-8:00        Engraving Toolkit rollout/demo!  Bring an item to practice on! Officer Jon Kiehn will cover how to effectively inventory your stuff.

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 or phone us at 206-424-0040.

Hope to see you there!  

Reminder! Our monthly meeting is next Tuesday, October 28th!

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We’ll post a complete agenda before the meeting; meanwhile, wanted to make sure it was on your calendars.

We’ll have updates from SW Precinct Commander, Captain Steve Wilske.

We plan to have other guests as well, but need to confirm the details. Stay tuned…

We hope to see you there! (6:30 to 8 PM at the SW Police Precinct, 2300 SW Webster Street, adjacent to the Delridge Home Depot store).

Our meeting tomorrow will focus on repeat offenders!

Join us tomorrow, September 23rd, for our monthly meeting – the first meeting following our Summer Hiatus!

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Does it seem like a few repeat offenders are committing most of the crime in our community? What needs to happen to successfully prosecute and detain them?

Earlier this month, SPD and King County prosecutors announced that they are collaborating to aggressively pursue cases against career criminals in property crime.

We will have several guests from the King County Prosecutor’s Office on-hand for a presentation and discussion on this topic.

Come learn about the role of the prosecutor’s office in this effort. How will this be implemented? What will be different now than what has been being done to date? What are the challenges and issues they face? What do they hope to accomplish? And, what can we as Block Watch captains and community members do to help?

Our guests include Dan Carew, Deputy Prosecuting Attorney from the Criminal Division of the King County Prosecutor’s Office; Darren Thompson, Deputy Prosecuting Attorney, Repeat Burglar Initiative (RBI); and Doug Young, Deputy Prosecuting Attorney, Car Theft Initiative (CTI).

Captain Steve Wilske, SW Precinct Commander, will be there to update us on recent crime in the SW Precinct. He will also explain and take questions about the Neighborhood Policing Project.

For those of you who want some additional background, Darren Thompson suggested the King County Prosecutor’s Office Filing and Disposition Standards (FADS) might be helpful. Since the full FADS include a lot of information, he forwarded the FADS that are specific to Burglary and Auto Theft/Vehicle-Related Property Offenses. These are attached below.

Burglary – FADS section 12

Auto Theft – FADS section 16

 

Meeting schedule (come early, stay late!)

Tuesday, September 23, 2014, 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        Presentation and discussion with King County Prosecutor’s Office.

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 or phone us at 206-424-0040.

Hope to see you there!  

Our monthly meeting is next Tuesday, September 23rd!

We’re back following our Summer Hiatus…hope you had a great summer!

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We hope to see you at our meeting and hear how things went in your Block Watch groups and neighborhoods over the summer. We’ll hear updates from the SW Precinct, as well.

We’ll post a more complete agenda before the meeting; meanwhile, wanted to make sure it was on your calendars. Everyone is welcome, even if you aren’t a Block Watch Captain!

Meeting details

Tuesday, September 23, 2014, 6:30-8 PM

SW Police Precinct, 2300 SW Webster Street (at Delridge Ave SW, next to Home Depot)

Our informational mini-flyer is included below with more details about our meeting schedule.

West Seattle Block Watch Captains' Network (WSBWCN) informational mini-flyer

West Seattle Block Watch Captains’ Network (WSBWCN) informational mini-flyer

Follow-up from our meeting about gang activity

Thanks to those of you who attended and participated in our monthly meeting yesterday with guests Lieutenant Dan Whelan and Detective Rob Thomas from the Seattle Police Department’s Robbery/Fugitive/Gang Unit.

If you missed it or want an excellent recap, West Seattle Blog has coverage of our meeting here.

The subject of gangs is difficult to cover in a single meeting, so you may also want to check out this very in-depth “Gangs 101” presentation by Detective Joe Gagliardi of the King County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO) in early 2012. It has some info about gang activity in West Seattle, although his primary focus was on areas just south of here.

Gangs in West Seattle?

Join us tomorrow, June 24th, for our monthly meeting – the last meeting before our Summer Hiatus!

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Are we seeing gang activity here? If so, what can be done? Which gangs are operating in the greater Seattle area? How do you recognized a gang member or gang signs?

Lieutenant Dan Whelan and Detective Rob Thomas from the Seattle Police Department’s Robbery/Fugitive/Gang Unit will be our guests, answer our questions and perhaps dispel some myths about gangs.

 

Meeting schedule (Come early, stay late!)

Tuesday, June 24, 2014, 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 with each other while we set up the room.

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

7:00-8:00        Lieutenant Dan Whelan and Detective Rob Thomas from the Robbery/Fugitive/Gang Unit.

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 or phone us at 206-424-0040.

Hope to see you there!  

Caution: dates on calendars are closer than they appear!

Glancing at our calendar, here are a few items and reminders that we want to share with you.

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6/24/14, Tuesday:  Our next West Seattle Block Watch Captains’ Network monthly meeting will be two weeks from today, on June 24th. The main discussion topic will be gang activity; we’ll post the full agenda as that date approaches.

Note that this will be the last meeting before our annual “Summer Hiatus”. We don’t have formal meetings in July or August, although we may plan another social event if there is enough interest.  WSBWCN monthly meetings resume our regular 4th Tuesday schedule in September.

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8/5/14, Tuesday:  Night Out Against Crime 2014 is coming up! Registration is now underway if you want to block off your street for this great annual tradition. Did you know that you can apply for a Small Sparks grant for your Block Party?

As we posted earlier, well be out and about in the community doing outreach at most of the upcoming festivals and events. Stop by our booth at the Morgan Junction Festival (6/21), West Seattle SummerFest (7/12), and Delridge Day (8/9). We have useful informational materials for adults and an assortment of safety-related coloring books for kids!

 FREE coloring books for kids!