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.http://www.seattle.gov/police
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Seattle Police Crime Prevention
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From the press release:
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.
In light of this incident and the earlier robbery at Whitman Middle School, I’m taking this opportunity to remind every one to:
- be extra attentive to your surroundings
- not be distracted by electronic gadgetry such as phones, music players, etc. while in public situations
- be alert to suspicious activity in the area and to report the activity using 911
- vary your routines to thwart those who may be casing you or your property
- walk in well lighted areas
- walk with a friend or partner rather than alone
- report any relevant information to the police
On March 3rd, a woman waiting in her car for her kids to be finished with basketball practice, was accosted by a lone man with a gun who robbed her of cash, then fled across the play field when she activated her car alarm. Police searched the area but did not locate the robber. On March 8th, the Seattle Police Department apprehended a suspect in the case and a string of other armed robberies. The suspect is being held at King County Jail on $100,000 bail until Friday March 11th, the deadline for the Prosecutor to file charges.
Extra caution is advised even though a suspect is in custody. In the other incidents, there were additional robbers. Always good to be aware of your surroundings in public areas, rather than absorbed in electronic devices. It is also a good idea to not be alone.
Below are links to stories from news sources and the SPD about the robbery and suspect apprehension:
We received a forwarded e-mail today (Wednesday, April 21st) from a North Beach parent and an e-mail forwarded from Small Faces as well. This is published here to let everyone know and so we can be alert for this particular individual. A good opportunity to speak with your children about the danger of speaking with strangers. Please call 911 immediately if you spot the individual.
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The North Beach e-mail:
IMPORTANT: We have had two incidents of stranger danger the past few weeks so we need you to be informed and talk to your children about stranger danger protocols.
Last week, one of our student’s grandmothers was walking up on 24th and saw a man urinating in the bushes at the bottom of the north stairs by the portables. Today we had a man coming up the stairs as a child was returning from the bathroom. As soon as he saw her, he ran. One of the 5th grade teachers and I searched the area, and our district security officer followed up by casing the area in both instances. We could not find anyone by the description given to us.
Staff has been alerted to the stranger, I have requested that Safety and Security look at installing a gate, and we will talk with students regarding stranger danger. We are requiring all children from the portables go to bathroom in pairs. We are on high alert and will take all precautions necessary.
The Small Faces e-mail:
This article comes from a West Precinct memo which was later published on the Seattle Police Department’s SPD Blotter. These safety tips are good to remember any time of the year. We’ve had a recent spate of crime in Blue Ridge, North Beach, and View Ridge as detailed in this article from myballard.com.
Holiday safety tips
It’s that time of year! Friends, family, shopping, dining and…crime? While anytime is a good time to think about personal safety and crime prevention, the Seattle Police Department would like to remind citizens of some easy techniques that will help keep them and their property safe during the holidays!