This just received from Terrie Johnston, Neighborhood Crime Prevention Coordinator, SPD North Precinct:
Dear Block Captains and Contacts: SPD and SFD want to remind you that fireworks are illegal in the City of Seattle. The possession, manufacture, storage, sale, handling and use of fireworks are prohibited. Fireworks offenses are gross misdemeanors punishable by up to one year in jail and/or a $5,000 fine. Fireworks pose a fire hazard to property and present a safety risk to those who use them. Every year the Seattle Fire Department responds to fireworks-related fires and injuries. The holiday related fires and injuries are preventable.
Our 9-1-1 center becomes overloaded with non-emergency fireworks calls on the 4th of July. For this day only, DO NOT call 9-1-1 unless you have a life-threatening emergency and need immediate help from police, fire or medics. If you know me or my work, you know that it is my constant endeavor to encourage the public to use 9-1-1 to report suspicious circumstances, in addition to reporting crime. HOWEVER, my message applies to all days of the year except July 4th. This is the busiest day of the year for our Call Center. Reports of fireworks; barking dogs; drunken parties; gunshots fired; boating mishaps; burns, noise complaints, etc. are commonplace during this holiday. Delays in dispatch are a reality. If possible use the 625-5011 line to report any fireworks violations.
Our car prowl reports continue, and may even increase in numbers during the summer. I’ve attached a tip sheet for preventing car prowls, which I hope you will find helpful. I’ve seen reports of car prowls around Carkeek Park and Greenlake, and pretty much throughout the other North Precinct neighborhoods. Here are some of the items reported stolen in a car prowl this month: Cameras; clothing; wallets; ID; social security cards; cash; car keys; cell. phones; MP3 player, coins, laptops, suitcases, gym bags, power tools, loaded guns, GPS, catalytic converter, golf clubs and a passport. Try to leave your car empty if possible, and park it in a garage or up in your driveway if you can.
National Night Out will be Tuesday, Aug. 7th this year. Registration is up and running on our website, www.seattle.gov/police . Hope you can participate this year. I am here to help answer any questions you may have about Night Out, Block Watch, crime, etc.
In an effort to keep you informed and in our constant endeavor to reduce future victimization, we want to let you know that two Level 3 Registered sex offenders have moved onto a block near your North Seattle neighborhood.
Douglas Carter, 46-year-old, black male, 6’3” 220 lbs. has moved onto the 12000 block of Aurora Ave. N.
Kelly Swanson, 37-year-old, white male, 5’8” 190 lbs. has moved onto the 11000 block of Meridian Ave. N.
Det. Gordon is the detective responsible for verifying their addresses. Neither of these offenders is under Department of Corrections supervision. To learn more about these offenders, and for additional safety tips, please visit www.waspc.org  and search by their names. If you have any questions about these offenders, please contact Michelle McRae or Det. Gordon at 684-5581 of our Sex Offender Detail Unit.
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Paint Out Graffiti in Your Neighborhood
Summer Paint Out Runs July – August
SEATTLE – Summer is here and Seattleites are gearing up to take part in the anti-graffiti program – Summer Paint Out.
Summer Paint Out, in its second year, runs from July through August.
Whether you are a group or an individual, you can tackle graffiti in your neighborhood. The City of Seattle supports volunteers with FREE paint (white-brown-gray), rollers, brushes, scrapers, and gloves.
Supplies can be picked up on the following Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Registration is required first.
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