Here is a crime report from our SPD Crime Prevention Coordinator, Terrie Johnston:
Residential Burglaries are occurring with more frequency in the Lincoln Sector of the North Precinct (Pinehurst; Lake City Way; Maple Leaf; View Ridge; Wedgwood; Ravenna/Bryant, et al) The precinct commanders are aware, and are staffing accordingly. Our Burglary Theft detectives are proactively working leads, and are also out in the field. Please take a moment to review some basic burglary prevention measures:
Most of the burglaries are occurring during daytime hours (from 6 a.m. – 6 p.m.). If you are home, and someone knocks on your door, please answer the door, don’t open it. There is a difference. Since many criminals are looking for houses w/no one home, it is important to let them know someone is there!
If you have a home office, or a room with big screen TVs and computers that can be seen from the street, close the curtains/blinds in those areas when you are gone. Electronics, jewelry, and small portable items are popular.
Lock up your ladders; or store them in a garage. Use motion-sensitive lighting when appropriate.
Can first responders find your address? Seconds matter when you’ve called 9-1-1, so help us out.
We still like front porch lights on from dusk until dawn. Use the locks and latches you have, even if you are only going to be gone for a little while.
Please report anything suspicious to 911. Most burglars are apprehended by a watchful neighbor (your best alarm) who called 9-1-1 with good descriptions.
Remember 911 is not just for emergencies anymore. See something, say something!
Remember to keep your Block Watches active and I can assist you with this. If you want a free home security survey, contact me (206-684-7711 or Terrie.Johnston@seattle.gov )