West Seattle Crime Prevention Council, report #1: Latest trends

First set of quick notes from last night’s West Seattle Crime Prevention Council meeting: Southwest Precinct operations Lt. Pierre Davis briefed the group, as usual, on crime-trend highlights:

*Residential burglaries, up 2 percent
*Non-residential burglaries, down 6 percent
*Auto thefts, up 10 percent
*Car prowls “way down” thanks to some recent arrests that “led to others”

Overall, Lt. Davis’s assessment: “We’re getting our bad guys, but there are still a lot more out there.” He stressed that “if you see something, say something” – call 911 if what you see is happening now; don’t worry about possibly “bothering” them with a non-emergency, as the operator’s job is to figure out the best way to route your call. Report #2, coming up – highlights from Metro Transit Police Chief Lisa Mulligan‘s presentation on what her team is all about. (Side note: WSCPC won’t meet in December, so its next meeting is January 17th.)

4 Replies to "West Seattle Crime Prevention Council, report #1: Latest trends"

  • CB November 16, 2011 (5:12 pm)

    SPD is too busy giving out speeding tickets (aka revenue) to be bothered with silly things like burglary and auto theft.

  • Owlish November 16, 2011 (10:25 pm)

    I am happy, very happy to hear of SPD giving out speeding tickets. Thank you, SPD!!

  • Chris November 17, 2011 (9:52 am)

    Speaking of trends….got my first speeding ticket at the bottom of Admiral from a guy who must have been hiding in a Bat Cave. Me in my pickup, local tax-paying homeowner, good guy….he didn’t give me a break so I told him I’d remember that when it comes time to support the police and pay my taxes.

    Quote from above: “We’re getting our bad guys, but there are still a lot more out there.” Is the definition of “getting bad guys” hiding out and giving speeding tickets to working, local tax-paying homeowners?

    Get some perspective and drive around communities that are America’s Great-Great Grandparents…go drive around Europe. Get that perspective, then discover in America that people drive like slugs in behemoth gas guzzlers.

    Were the wide 4-lane section of the Admiral hill in Europe, the speed limit would be 60+km/hr (40+mph). The 30mph limit is a snails pace! If people choose to live on that arterial, please don’t complain about folks traveling appropriate arterial speeds. You’re giving the police an excuse to make money at other’s expense.

    • WSB November 17, 2011 (10:03 am)

      Chris, the SW Precinct does not handle the driving emphasis patrols. Those are from Traffic, downtown. Lt. Davis addresses local major crime (property and violent) in these updates; the speeding etc. roundups come from downtown. Same department, of course. But just to be clear. – TR

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