SW Precinct Crime Prevention – July Newsletter

Thanks to our local SW Precinct Crime Prevention Coordinator, Jennifer Danner #8048, for always sending out monthly crime prevention updates. July is focused on summer burglary prevention.

The local PD often see a spike in residential burglaries in the warmers months- which has sparked them to remind our community members about these important burglary prevention techniques.  

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As we head into Summer time- we often see an increase in residential burglaries- frequently with an entry point of an open window or door.  Below you will find some helpful tips related to preventing residential burglaries- including shed and garage burglaries, as well as some information about Block Watch!

Please keep in mind that I do offer free safety/security assessments- and if you are interested in this- you can contact me directly (you will find my contact information at the bottom of this page).

What is burglary? How is it different from theft? 

-Burglary is defined by the Seattle Police Department as: when someone enters physical property (including a garage or shed), not his or her own, without permission, with the intent to commit a crime

-Theft is defined as: whenever property is taken

For law enforcement, there is a difference between burglary and theft and when you report a crime to 9-1-1 the language you use makes a difference! The Seattle Police Department distinguishes between two types of burglary- residential and non-residential. Residential burglary refers to the theft occurring in a dwelling, other than a vehicle (such as a private home or apartment) and non-residential burglary refers to the theft occurring in a commercial or non-residential building (such as a grocery store or clothing store). 

How can we prevent burglary? 

-All exterior doors should be strong enough to withstand force and should be secured with a deadbolt lock that has a minimum one-inch throw

-All windows and doors should be shut and locked (especially at night)

-Try not to leave valuables (such as packages, electronics or cash) in plain sight through windows or doors

-The main entrance door to a home/apartment should have a door wide-angle (180 degree) viewer/peephole

-Make the home/business appear as if there is someone there by leaving lights, music and/or televisions on

-Install lights to be specifically directed and focused on entry points and vulnerable areas

-Secure and lock all windows and doors when leaving the premises- even if you plan to return within a short amount of time! 

-Do not leave a spare key out

-Secure and maintain yard, patios and outdoor spaces- making sure you trim back all concealing shrubbery

-Check to ensure all garages and sheds are consistently locked with a sturdy lock

-Take inventory lists and photos of belongings to ensure you know if something is missing 

-Check sheds and garages regularly in order to report a burglary as quickly as possible

-Be cautious when using window air conditioners to ensure window is fully secure

Another very important prevention technique for residential property crime is getting to know your neighbors and starting a Block Watch. Block Watch is one of the most effective crime prevention tools. Block Watch brings residents and law enforcement together to improve safety and prevent crime. Safety improves when neighbors watch out for each other by reporting suspicious activity and in progress crimes to 9-1-1. Crime prevention occurs when the opportunity for crime is removed and neighbors work together towards a safer neighborhood. If you are interested in setting up a Block Watch for your area, have questions and/or would like to learn more about this program- please feel free to contact me. 

Below you will find my contact information, including email address and phone numbers. Keep an eye out for my newsletter next month, which will again focus on a specific crime/safety issue and include important prevention techniques. Below you will also find upcoming event in the SW Precinct in the next month, as well as other resources- such as the Seattle Police non-emergency phone number, the link for our online-reporting system and the link for how to ‘thank an SPD employee’. 

Contact me with questions, concerns, to request my presence at a future meeting, to discuss Block Watch, to request a free safety/security assessment of your home or business and/or if you are interested in free firearm cable locks.
Email address: Jennifer.Danner@seattle.gov

Desk phone number: (206) 256-6820

Work cell phone number: (206) 471-2849

Upcoming events in SW Precinct-

  • Alaska Junction SummerFest
    • Friday July 12th- Sunday July 14th, in the Alaska Junction (California Ave SW and SW Alaska St.)
  • National Night Out Against Crime
    • Tuesday August 6th, various times/locations
  • SW Precinct Picnic/Delridge Day
    • Saturday August 10th, 11am- 3pm, at the Delridge Community Center (4501 Delridge Way SW)

Other resources

 

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West Seattle Summer Fest 2019 This Weekend

The 37th annual West Seattle Summer Fest takes over the Junction this weekend, July 12-14.

Summer Fest offers fun activities for the whole family, including shopping, live music, dining, beer gardens, and a kids play area. Don’t miss out on one of Seattle’s best things to do this summer!

This festival is free to the public. For more information, visit: http://wsjunction.org/summerfest/

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Park Design Review this Tuesday, July 9th 5-7pm @ 48th & Charlestown

Make your voices heard about the development of the park at 48th SW & Charlestown by attending a gathering at the park this Tuesday, July 9th from 5-7pm. Seattle Parks & Rec are getting closer to finalizing their feedback gathering, so if you have an opinion, please come to share it.

Word on the street is that they are bringing Ice Cream as well!

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More Info here: http://www.seattle.gov/parks/about-us/current-projects/48th-and-charlestown-landbanked-site-park-development?fbclid=IwAR1L7rVVfD1XWrOe4_m91Sgz8RbkwUKG5NMd4T8Ahk-IVWHY5sHs8PcCIaw

 

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Project update: West Seattle and Ballard Link Extension

If you haven’t heard, the city is going to be building a train in West Seattle.

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It won’t be up and running until 2030 (but knowing how cities handle big builds, maybe we should all be prepped for an extra 10 years…).

They are making progress with advisory groups and leadership groups reviewing feedback from the public to figure out the exact scope.

They sent out this information to help you stay informed:

Advisory Groups make recommendations

Last month, the Stakeholder Advisory Group and Elected Leadership Group each met to review feedback from the public, organizations and government agencies as part of the scoping comment period, as well as findings from the Level 3 Racial Equity Toolkit analysis. This information helped inform both groups’ recommendations on what to study as part of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (Draft EIS). The Level 3 recommendations from the Stakeholder Advisory Group and Elected Leadership Group can be reviewed online HERE

You can also follow the timelines and milestones on this link so you can track the next time they are looking for public input —–> CLICK HERE

 

 

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Please Vote: Charlestown and 48th Ave SW Concept Designs

Seattle Parks and Recreation invites input on concept designs for new park at 48th Ave. SW and SW Charlestown St. in West Seattle

Seattle Parks and Recreation (SPR) would like to thank everyone who has participated in the process for the new park in West Seattle at 48th Ave. SW and SW Charlestown St. The design team gathered formative input from the community on three design concepts at the meeting held on April 30, 2019.

For those community members who were unable to attend, we created an on-line survey, https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/NQMLDZ2, to allow for greater community input.

The survey is an opportunity to view the three concept designs presented at the meeting and provide feedback. The West Seattle community is encouraged to participate. The survey will close on Friday, May 24, 2019.

The information gathered from the survey will be included with previous community feedback and used by the design team to prepare a preferred design concept. SPR will host a final meeting for the project and present the preferred design concept this summer.

SPR purchased the .33-acre site at 48th Ave. SW and SW Charlestown St. in 2014 to provide the community more open space. The design of the park will incorporate accessibility features in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, and low-impact, passive recreation features with impervious surface of the park site limited to 15% or less to minimize the effect of water run-off.

This park project is made possible by the voter-approved Seattle Park District, which provides more than $47 million a year in long-term funding for SPR, including maintenance of parklands and facilities, operation of community centers and recreation programs, and development of new neighborhood parks on previously acquired sites.

For more information please visit http://www.seattle.gov/parks/about-us/current-projects/48th-and-charlestown-landbanked-site-park-development. For questions about the project please contact Ed Pottharst at 206-386-4232 or Ed.pottharst@seattle.gov.

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City of Seattle Neighbor Day May 4th, 2019

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The city of Seattle invites residents to celebrate Neighbor Day on May 4 by indulging in random acts of kindness.

Neighbor Day is a special day set aside to reach out to neighbors, make new friends, and express thanks to those who help make your neighborhood a great place to live.

Residents, businesses, or community groups are all encouraged to participate however they like. The main goal is simply to reach out and connect with your neighbors through generosity.

Learn more & get ideas at http://www.seattle.gov/neighborday

Want to get to know your Genesee-Schmitz neighbors better? Join our new Facebook Group to connect on neighborhood happenings https://www.facebook.com/groups/geneseeschmitz

Día del Vecino: Sábado, 4 de mayo

Invitamos el 4 de mayo a todos los habitantes de Seattle a celebrar el Día del Vecino para disfrutar de un día en el que las muestras de afecto espontáneas nos hagan conocernos más como vecinos.

El Día del Vecino es una ocasión especial destinada para llegar a nuestros vecinos, hacer nuevos amigos y agradecer a aquellos que contribuyen a que nuestros vecindarios sean lugares excelentes para vivir.

Alentamos a los habitantes, los comercios y los grupos comunitarios a participar de la manera que deseen. El objetivo principal es simplemente encontrarnos y relacionarnos con nuestros vecinos a través de pequeños actos de generosidad.

Obtengan más información e ideas en http://www.seattle.gov/neighborday.

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Seattle Parks and Recreation invites input on concept designs for new park at 48th Ave. SW and SW Charlestown St. in West Seattle

Seattle Parks and Recreation (SPR) invites the community to learn about and to help design the new park at 48th Ave. SW and SW Charlestown St.  Please join SPR and Cascade Design Collaborative staff on Tuesday, April 30, 2019 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Dakota Place Park, 4304 SW Dakota St. This meeting is an opportunity for the community to meet the design team and provide feedback on three design concepts for the property located at 4801 SW Charlestown St. Seattle, WA 98116.

SPR purchased the .23-acre site at 48th Ave. SW and SW Charlestown St. in 2014 to provide the community more open space. The design of the park will incorporate community feedback from the first Open House, accessibility features in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, and low-impact, passive recreation features with impervious surface of the park site limited to 15% or less to minimize effect of water run-off.

This park project is made possible by the voter-approved Seattle Park District, which provides more than $47 million a year in long-term funding for SPR, including maintenance of parklands and facilities, operation of community centers and recreation programs, and development of new neighborhood parks on previously acquired sites.

charlestown and 48thFor more information or for meeting notification translations please visit:

http://www.seattle.gov/parks/about-us/current-projects/48th-and-charlestown-landbanked-site-park-development.

For questions about the project or if you need an interpreter or accommodations please contact Ed Pottharst at 206-386-4232 or Ed.pottharst@seattle.gov.

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