Several West Seattle Crime Watch notes from the past day or so. First, Brian noted an unusual car-part theft:
Someone stole the Honda logo off the rear of my wife’s 2005 Civic. She noticed it missing Tuesday. She said that ones from nearby cars were missing too. We live in the 8600 block of 25th, 1 block north of Westwood Village. I don’t know if this was a prank or if those logos have some kind of value. Not a huge occurrence but kind of odd.
Ahead, a burglary, some protection tips, a suspicious-behavior report, and a possibly stolen bike
First, Toby shared word of the burglary:
Will offered some tips:
I am part of a neighborhood watch email list and I received an email … about a break in that occurred (December 6th) on 56th ave SW between Alki Ave and SW Lander St. Burglars broke in through the back of the house and took electronics and jewelry. The burglars broke in sometime during the day. Although it may be unrelated, this crime was very close to where an armed home invasion occurred on October 19th.
There are couple of new technologies that may help catch burglars – unfortuantely after the fact: The computer “cloud” and digital cameras.
It is much easier to take a picture of your valuables and especially the serial numbers, S/N, then to write all that information down.
Store the information and all your valuable information off site on the “Cloud”. So even if your computer is stolen, the serial number information is available. Lay your jewelry out and take some pictures. When the police catch someone and there is suspected stolen property in their possession, serial numbers and pictures will identify loot and you should be able to reclaim your property.
Take some S/N pictures this Christmas after you take the family pictures.
Police echo that as well – have records of your stuff (engrave items if you can).
Meantime, received Wednesday night from “TheUkeShaman“:
Near 23rd Avenue SW and SW Brandon St. at around 5 pm (dusk) a red Crown Victoria (possibly 98 year model) was sighted with its headlights on, parked across the street from the residences along 23rd Avenue SW and sitting there for an extended period of time. A concerned neighbor turned on their front lights to get a better view, but as they did so the car immediately made a U-turn and went south along 23rd Avenue SW. I’d be on the look out for a possible prowler/robber because it follows the M.O. stated here: westseattleblog.com/2011/12/west-seattle-crime-watch-suspected-case-of-casing and the concerning action they took as soon as more light was available.
And from Scott:
On my morning commute, I noticed a bike that looks like it may have been stolen. It was leaning on the bus stop pole with no one around. It was a high-end, blue cannondale road bike, but both tires were flat. There was a small, zippered seat bag as well.
My stop is just North of Orchard and Delridge on the East side of the street, directly below the big stairway leading up to Sanislo. I just left the bike where it was.