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Shaping Seattle: Rental Housing Registrations Map

There’s a new map put out by the City of Seattle that can help Pinehurst renters learn who to contact for repairs called Shaping Seattle: Rental Housing Registrations.
It also shows when the last inspection was, when the next one is scheduled, and violation information. Access it here.
As you can see from the map snippet on this page, Pinehurst has quite a few rental units.

Uptick in Car Prowls – Some Prevention Tips

Due to a recent increase in car prowl incidents, the SPD Crime Prevention Unit provides the following prevention suggestions.
One specific note is to never leaving firearms in vehicles! This can be extremely dangerous.
What is a car prowl?
• Unlawful taking of motor vehicle contents or parts.
• Car prowls are crimes of opportunity.
What can you do?
• Be observant- If you see something, say something!
• Report all crimes and suspicious activity immediately to the Seattle Police Department by calling 911.
• Organize and/or get involved with Block Watch.
Car Prowl Prevention Techniques:
*Be consistent*
  • Never leave valuables in plain view
  • NEVER leave firearms in vehicles- as these can be a target
  • Hide chargers and accessories that indicate an electronic device may be in the vehicle
  • Remove garage door openers, key cards and other keys from the vehicle
  • If possible, park in a busy, locked, monitored and/or well-lit area
  • Install anti-theft devices
  • If possible, activate alarm

North Precinct Online Resources

SPD has many links to online tools and information we can use. Read or download the PDF flyer here.


North Precinct Advisory Council Minutes – January 2022

This month’s guest speaker was SPD’s Rebecca Boatright, Executive Director of Risk Management & Legal Affairs. She spoke about SPD’s public records request responses. Read the minutes below to learn why there is a big backlog in responding to requests.

The process to recruit our precinct’s crime prevention coordinator had to start over since there was such a backlog in the background check unit that the candidate took another job after several months of waiting. Read the minutes below for more info.

In 2021, crime in Seattle rose 7% from the prior year, but in North Precinct it was down 8% from 2020. On social media I see many people say they don’t bother to report burglaries since SPD takes so long to show up, or doesn’t have the staff to investigate them. Read the minutes below to see why it’s so important to us, in our neighborhood, to to provide accurate crime reporting to the police. And there are more crime stats in the minutes.

Read the minutes here.

 

Vehicle Theft Tips

(Adapted from Pemco newsletter)

After two years of decline, in June 2020 auto thefts began to rise by 13% across the United States. Statisticians don’t expect this trend to have reversed in 2021. The jump in thefts of car parts was even greater over the last year — especially catalytic converters (PEMCO’s seen a 2,156% increase in catalytic converter claims in the past year alone).

The National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) points to the pandemic and economic downturn as key factors. While PEMCO claims data doesn’t provide further insight into why theft rates are rising locally, the data does offer clues to help reduce the risk of becoming a victim.

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Make your car a harder target for thieves:

1. Don’t be a “puffer.” It may be tempting to go back inside the house as you warm up your car in the driveway on cold mornings. Unfortunately, teams of thieves often cruise neighborhoods looking for telltale plumes of steam coming from tailpipes – and in seconds, can steal your car. In addition, it’s illegal to leave a running vehicle unattended in  Washington.

2. Park inside a locked garage. If you have a garage and use it for storage and park elsewhere, it’s worth reconsidering and clearing a space in the garage big enough for your car.

3. Take keys and fobs out of your car and lock up. Whether your ignition is keyed or keyless, leaving your keys and fob in the car makes it extremely easy to steal. (The NICB reports that thefts of cars with the keys left inside have jumped by more than 50% since keyless ignition has become standard.)

4. Park in well-lighted, busy areas. Potential witnesses and visibility make your car less attractive to potential thieves. Looking for and parking near security cameras also helps deter theft.

5. Clean out your car. Almost anything left in a vehicle can become a target for the curious or thieves. Make your car a non-target. Don’t leave coats piled in the back, packages on the seat or spare change in the console. A thief who breaks in to get those may end up taking the whole car.

6. Take your garage-door opener, registration and proof of insurance out of your car. Keeping your garage-door opener, registration and proof of insurance separate from your car won’t stop thieves from stealing your car, but it will keep them from learning your home address – printed on the registration and proof of insurance – and then using your garage door opener to gain entry to your house. The law requires only that you have them with you when you drive.

7. Use a steering wheel lock. Products like The Club can be defeated by persistent thieves, but they require time, tools, and effort, all of which are not appealing to thieves. Steering wheel locks may encourage them to pass by your car in favor of an easier target.

8. Add a GPS tracker to your car that connects to your smartphone. It can lead the police to your car if it’s stolen. The quicker police get your car back, the lower the chance it will get stripped for parts or used to commit another crime. Never try to recover the car yourself, though, because an encounter with the thief could put you at risk for serious physical harm.

9. Activate manufacturer-based subscription services. Programs like General Motors’ OnStar or Toyota Connected Car Services can help you locate your car geographically. They may also allow you to lock or disable your car remotely to prevent thieves from taking them farther. Check in with your car manufacturer to see what options are available for your car.

10. Consider shields and VIN engraving for catalytic converters. The presence of an aftermarket shield or engraved VIN encourages thieves to leave your catalytic converters alone. Shields take time to remove. VINs make converters harder to sell. It may also be possible to adjust your car alarm to sense vibrations caused by sawing.

How to recover your car faster if it is stolen

1. Report the crime to the police. If you see the theft happening, call 9-1-1. If not, you can use a non-emergency phone number or report the theft online. Keep a copy of your crime report – particularly the number – so you have it for your insurance claim.

2. If you subscribe to a manufacturer-based subscription service like OnStar, notify the service immediately so they can work with the police in finding your car.

3. Report the theft to your insurance company. 

Kids’ Art in Pinehurst Pocket Park

Help! January’s art in Pinehurst Pocket Park is sadly, not kids’ art. We’ve run out of drawings that kids made at Pinehurstfest since it hasn’t been held in 2 years due to Covid. If your kid, or you, would like your art in the park kiosk, please email PocketPark@PinehurstSeattle.org. So this month I just colored a salmon from an event previously held by Thornton Creek Alliance. The pocket park is at NE 117th St & 19th Ave NE.

North Precinct Advisory Council Minutes – Dec. 1, 2021

NPAC’s December meeting focused on DUIs, with speaker Officer Eric Michl. Then the City Attorney’s Office liaison and the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office representative spoke about DUI prosecutions. SPD budget and staffing issues have resulted in dissolution of the dedicated DUI Squad, and Covid-19 caused a huge backlog of DUI filings in the city and county attorney’s offices. Another slowdown is caused by understaffing at WA’s toxicology lab, sometimes taking 9-12 months to get a results report back. Read all the minutes here.

Kids’ Art in Pinehurst Pocket Park

The headline is misleading this month, December. We are running out of kids’ art to put in the park. Pinehurstfest, our free outdoor community festival on the 3rd week of July, has been a steady source of drawings for the park, but due to the pandemic, it hasn’t been held for two years. So today there’s just a poster in the kiosk. Well, maybe not ‘just a poster’, but a good reminder. We can contemplate our place in this neighborhood, this city, this country, and this world. We ARE all in this together, and Pinehurst Community Council thanks you for being with us, together, helping us make this a friendly neighborhood to live in and helping us make it a safe place to live during the pandemic.

If your child (or you!) would like to show art in the park, please contact PocketPark@PinehurstSeattle.org.

Sock Drive Success – Here are the Totals

Thank you Pinehurst! Along with a couple other neighborhoods and NPAC, we collected

3278 pairs of socks,

10 stocking caps,

6 pairs of gloves,

3 ball caps, and

2 sweatshirts

for the SPD Community Service Officer sock drive!

Thanks to Zylberschtein’s Deli for being a collection point, and for those who donated at our Puppyhurst Doggo and Kiddo Parade on Halloween.

Holiday Season Safety Tips from SPD

As the Holiday season begins, the Seattle Police Department would like to remind our community about some important crime prevention techniques.