West Seattle Crime Watch: Car prowls way down, say police

First of three short reports from last night’s Southwest District Council meeting at South Seattle Community College: Southwest Precinct Lt. Norm James gave members a quick briefing on crime trends – helpful since the West Seattle Crime Prevention Council, which usually gets those briefings, isn’t meeting this month. Lt. James says that fighting car prowls has been an area of emphasis for the precinct for the past few months, and in June it appears to have paid off – 80 car prowls in West Seattle in June, down from 130 in May. Auto theft, he said, also is on the decline. And he mentioned that there currently are “more officers assigned to this precinct than we have ever had.” That’s enabled them to have an “09 car” – outside the regular patrol mix – daytime and nighttime, assigned to California SW businesses, particularly from Admiral to The Junction. Those officers “walk, talk, meet with business owners,” according to Lt. James. And without citing specifics, he also said they’re geared up for a “lot of activity on Alki” this first really warm summer weekend (which includes, on Alki, the Seafair Pirates Landing on Saturday).

4 Replies to "West Seattle Crime Watch: Car prowls way down, say police"

  • J July 8, 2010 (3:42 pm)

    Thank you, Seattle police!

  • bridge to somewhere July 8, 2010 (4:39 pm)

    I must say that after the recent reported assault at Roxhill park the SPD has been more present there. Many nights I have see a squad car pull up and the officers get out and walk around. This never happened before. And it’s amazing because the second they show up, the people who usually drink and fight and scream into the night just get up and walk away. It’s like the mere physical prescence of SPD just makes them uncomfortable. Please keep showing up to this park SPD, it’s making a difference!

  • mar3c July 9, 2010 (6:36 am)

    when is someone going to put a stop to this piracy? every year, alki gets invaded, and no one does anything about it.
    maybe this year we should mount a defense, and turn these pirates around. or sink them.

  • A July 13, 2010 (1:12 pm)

    down, yes, but still a lot of crime out there!

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