The Seattle Police Department recently announced they secured grant funding for four neighborhood crime prevention coordinators until the end of 2011. Formerly there were six coordinators. Neil Hansen who helped many of us set up block watches, gave great tips on securing our property, and was a familiar sight at the Ballard District Council, retired a few months ago. The new coordinator for our area is Terrie Johnston.
It looks as though the Crown Hill (and Ballard) area has suffered a spate of residential burglaries in the last month (March 18th to April 18th, 2011). Just this afternoon (Monday), a neighbor on 12th (97xx block) surprised a burglar in his home. The neighbor pursued and caught the burglar on foot and was able to retrieve the burglar’s backpack in the ensuing struggle before the individual ran off.
Here are the burglary incidents detailed on the map below:
03/18/2011: 23xx Block of NW 85th
03/20/2011: 10xx Block of 11th Ave NW
03/24/2011: 10xx Block of 11th Ave NW
04/03/2011: 9xx Block of NW 96th St
04/04/2011: 14xx Block of NW 105th St
04/06/2011: 17xx Block of NW 89TH St
04/07/2011: 14xx Block of NW 95th
The map for Crown Hill over the last month looks like this screen shot snagged from the SPD Police Reports website. The burglaries are in green with a star-burst which resembles broken glass:
Normally Crown Hill is a fairly quiet enclave in the city of Seattle. Likely these crimes are the work of a small number of individuals who are moving through the neighborhood. Steps you can take to cut this crime spree short:
Mayor Mike McGinn recently announced an online survey to gather community input on public safety. The survey is being conducted by graduate students from the UW Evans School of Public Affairs. You can take the survey here. It takes about 10 minutes to complete.
We’ve had a number of thefts, break-ins, property damage/vandalism/graffiti incidents in the last several months. Just when it seemed to be settling down we received word of yet another break-in and theft:
Just wanted to let my neighbors know That our outdoor shed was recently robbed. Gas leaf blower, weed wacker & Hedge trimmer. @$700 worth . We live on 96th ave nw in between 12th & 9th ave. Thanks for spreading the word. Keep those sheds & fence doors locked up. Lisa
In addition to Lisa’s reminder, please be on the lookout for and report suspicious activity. And report any actual crimes either to 911 or the non-emergency number (206) 625-5011. Certain types of crime can be reported online, and information on that is available here. Maps of crimes can be seen here. Online police reports are available here.
Approximately 4 AM Monday Morning, March 28th 2011, the owner of the Thirsty Fish at 9041 Holman Road was beaten and robbed. Details of the incident are available at the MyBallard site. The robbers got away with a bag of money, his wedding ring, and wallet.