Personal Safety Warning from Seattle Police Department

Received today from Terrie Johnston at Seattle Police Dept:

Dear Block Captains/Contacts:

We wanted to notify you that there have been three separate sexually-motivated attacks on women across the North Precinct. The descriptions of the suspect vary, as does neighborhood, time of day and day of the week. The common threads have been that the women were either walking or running by themselves, and were approached by an unknown male. Two of the incidents occurred next to wooded areas. SPD Patrol officers and Detectives are doing all they can to identify and apprehend the suspect(s). I will keep you informed of our progress. In the meantime, please review these personal safety tips:

  • Awareness and avoidance: Keep alert and tuned in to your surroundings.
  • Do you know your location? Do you know the street names, hundred block? East, South, West, North? Could you tell the 9-1-1 call taker to where they need to dispatch responders?
  • Trust your instincts! If you have an uncomfortable feeling-honor it! Leave, cross the street, double-back. Forget “being nice”. If you feel uncomfortable, move! Don’t hesitate to make a scene or scream if necessary.
  • Try to get good descriptions of anyone acting suspiciously or threatening. Start from the head and work down. Most likely you know your height, so use this to gauge theirs.
  • Try and stay on streets where you can be easily seen by others. Well-lighted streets are best.
  • If traveling alone, take a charged up cell phone with you if possible. Know what is available to you along your route. What time does that store open or close? Does that apt.bldg. have a security guard? Is there a payphone?
  • Ipod earphones, etc. may prevent you from hearing someone approaching. As does texting while you are walking, waiting for the bus, etc. You need to be aware when out if public spaces.
  • Traveling with another person, is tried and true in reducing street crime. Going with two others reduces the risk even more.
  • Carrying a minimum amount of possessions is advised when out and about. It isn’t necessary to carry all your credit cards, check book, cash, and so on, every time you go out. Take what you need for this trip. Keep valuables close to the body, in inside pockets. This frees up your hands and does not invite pickpocketing.
  • Body Language: Stand tall, walk confidently with your head up, eyes open and constantly scanning the surroundings.
  • Try not to show fear. Keep a neutral face that shows you are “in charge”.
  • Wear appropriate clothing for the street. Shoes that are comfortable and allow you to run if necessary. Choose clothing that allows you to move, and does not block your vision.

And as always, please call 9-1-1 for anything suspicious or to report a crime in progress.

Do not hesitate to call me at the North Precinct if you need more. Also, please check our website for more info.
Thanks for sharing this information with others on your distribution list.

Terrie Johnston
Seattle Police Crime Prevention

Crown Hill Neighbors Board Meeting, Feb 25 2013

Our monthly Board Meeting will be held on Monday, Feb 25th, 2013.  You are welcome to attend or bring matters to our attention. Email to get something on the agenda.

Feb 25, 2013
7:15-8:45 PM
Crown Hill Center, Room 4
9250 14th Ave NW


January 28 Crown Hill Neighbors Board meeting is cancelled

We normally hold our monthly board meeting on the fourth Monday of each month. This month’s meeting is cancelled. Please let us know if there is anything needing to be brought up at the February 25th meeting or earlier:

Transit Survey


King County Metro Transit made big changes to many of its bus routes on September 29th, 2012. They made these changes after much public consultation. Most changes to routes and schedules were a response to the introduction of the Rapid Ride C and D lines providing service from West Seattle to Downtown Seattle, and Ballard to Downtown Seattle via Queen Anne. This is a Ballard District Council led initiative to determine whether these changes have made it easier or harder to use public transit. Some people feel their commute or other use of the bus system has been impaired, while others feel the changes have been an improvement. This is not designed as a scientific survey, but an opportunity to see whether or not the service is improved over what it was.

Participation in this survey is completely voluntary. The information collected will be tabulated and used for transit planning discussions for Ballard and in discussions with Metro Transit. The survey is open until Jan 31, 2013

To add your voice, please visit:

Free First Aid training for Ballard and Crown Hill Residents

The Ballard Prepares team, with funding from a Seattle Department of Neighborhoods Small and Simple grant, is offering free emergency first aid training to the first 90 people in the Ballard area (this includes Crown Hill) to apply. The Ballard Prepares team advises that “the objective is to have 90 additional people who live or work in our community trained to be able to respond in an emergency.”

The course requires two online components to be completed before the one time, in-person training at the Crown Hill Center on January 26th from 9am-2pm.

The online components include blood-borne pathogens, and first aid. The in-class component will include CPR and the use of AEDs.

If you’re interested, please complete this form and email to The first 90 people will receive directions to log into the online training course.

In exchange for this opportunity, Ballard Prepares asks that you make a commitment of being available to respond in your community to emergencies.

Application:  BallardPreparesEnrollmentForm.docx


Safe Communities Initiative

There will be a Safe Communities Initiative event for the North Precinct, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012, 7-9 p.m. at North Seattle Community College, 9600 College Way North.

Notice of Design Review Board Recommendation Meeting

There will be a design review meeting regarding the 9076 Holman Rd NW site,  Monday, Oct. 22, 6:30 p.m. at the Ballard High School Library.

Bridging the Gap Neighborhood Street Fund

The Neighborhood Project Street Fund (NSF) is now accepting applications. More information about the process and funds available is online. The deadline for submitting projects is Monday, Dec. 17, 2012.

Oct. Board Meeting, Monday, Oct. 22, 7:15-8:15 p.m., Crown Hill Center, room 4

All are welcome to attend. If you have a topic you would like added to the agenda, email it to

Thanks for your interest in Crown Hill Neighbors!

Crown Hill Arts Festival

SAVE THE DATE! The Crown Hill Arts Festival will take place Saturday, Nov. 3 starting at 6:30 p.m. at the Crown Hill Center (9250 14th Ave NW). More information to come!

Sept. Board Meeting, Monday, Sept. 24, 7:15-8:15 p.m., Crown Hill Center, room 4

All are welcome to attend. If you have a topic you would like added to the agenda, email it to

Thanks for your interest in Crown Hill Neighbors!

Break-ins in the Neighborhood

Monday and today we’ve had a few break-ins and thefts of houses in Crown Hill. The first burglaries were Monday, near 12th and 90th:

We had a break in yesterday. They climbed in the second story window and stole our tv as well as my jewelry. They also broke into our neighbors house and stole her jewelry.

This morning another residential burglary near 13th and 95th:

It looks like they were watching the house because they broke in right after we left this morning.  They shimmied open a window on the side of the house and got in that way, but then set off the alarm when they opened the patio door to get things out.  They stole our 42″ plasma TV and had some other things stuffed into bags, but left the bags behind (probably because they were not expecting the alarm to go off).  We’re going through the house now to see if anything else is missing.

 We did call the police and filed a report with them, and we’re adding more sensors to our windows so that the alarm will go off if a window is tampered with.  There shouldn’t have been any cars other than ours [...] in our driveway this morning ….
Here are some tips to get everybody into security mode:
  1. Terrie Johnston is the Neighborhood Crime Prevention Coordinator for the North Precinct. I don’t know for sure how much longer she will be there. She sends out updates probably once a month. She can come to a block watch organization meeting, and she has done security checkups for both homes and businesses. or 206-684-7711.
  2. Probably good to have a quick meeting in someone’s back yard. Start exchanging phone nos, getting to know everyone.
  3. Report all suspicious activity when it is happening. Report it to 911. The 911 operators will triage the calls and dispatch an officer if one is available. Far better than voice mail at the non-emergency number. Per Terrie Johnston and Scott McGlashan presentations, if you are not sure if something is suspicious, it is suspicious.
  4. Secure windows and doors
  5. Lights on for porches.
  6. Motion sensing lights
  7. Keep ladders locked up
  8. If door knock is heard, always respond verbally (but don’t open door if you don’t know / expect). If person runs away, or otherwise odd, call 911
  9. Last I heard security cams were a mixed blessing in that they might be a target of theft, but see this thread on MyBallard forum for a different perspective. SPD caught the burglar based on the evidence provided by the video:

In terms of recovering from the theft:

  1. If house or car keys or garage door remotes are missing, the burglar(s) may be back. Beware and take appropriate action if any of these are missing.

United Indians Youth Home Block Party, August 29th 4-8 PM

United Indians Youth Home is holding its second annual “Block Party”:

Join us for our Party and Barbecue with DJ Dough Boy!

Wednesday August 29th, 2012 4 pm – 8pm

Fun activities! Good Food! Volunteer Appreciation!

9010 13th Ave NW Seattle, WA 98117

RSVP to: (206) 781-8303

August Board Meeting, Monday, August 27, 7:15-8:15 p.m., Crown Hill Center, room 4

All are welcome to attend. If you have a topic you would like added to the agenda, email it to

Thanks for your interest in Crown Hill Neighbors!

Crown Hill Garage Sale, Saturday, July 28, 2012!!!

Good Weather

The 6th Annual Crown Hill Neighbors Garage Sale is shaping up to be a fantastic event. Good weather (not too hot, not too cold, no rain). Lots of great stuff out there. Whether you’re looking to outfit a “man-cave” with a free 5 piece sectional couch (pink), or looking for treasures on a budget (“nothing over a dollar”), or browse the (in)famous West Crown Hill 16th Ave sales, there is something for you!  Harbor Church and Literacy Council of Seattle are participating with proceeds to their charitable works.  Lots of lemonade and refreshment stands are there (see the yellow dots on the map).  And if you’re interested in showing off that Crown Hill Pride ™, we’ve got our fabulous Crown Hill t-shirts available (kids: $5; old design: $10; new design: $15) for purchase at the sale at 9020 12th Ave.

You can still sign up until 5 PM today (July 27th).  Signups are now closed. Map and listing is available here and a limited number will be available (after 8:30 AM on Saturday) by the West entrance of Crown Hill Center (9250 14th Ave NW).

Happy Sale-ing to all, buyers and sellers!

Crown Hill Neighbors Garage Sale Map

Click on map to view listings.