West Seattle Crime Watch: 6 reader reports

July 14, 2012 at 7:43 am | In Crime, West Seattle news | 14 Comments

Six West Seattle Crime Watch reader reports to share, that have come in over the past several days. For starters, two reports of mailbox crime: Above, Gregg says six mailboxes at 22nd SW and SW 104th in Shorewood were broken into on Tuesday. “Two were the security locking type. Did not seem to stop the mail thief.” Also on Tuesday, in the 8400 block of 25th SW, Bill says, “Mailbox block was destroyed by a moron with a rock. They’ve been replaced and reported to postal police.”

Ahead, four car-prowl reports:

Meagan and Ryan report:

Last Monday night on 7/9 or Tuesday morning someone had entered our car’s sunroof that we had accidentally left open. Random items were missing: make-up, fishing supplies, our children’s savings bonds, pictures of family, and the keyless remote to our home alarm system. We live off of Admiral and 61st and this took place in our alley. Since the incident we have filed a police report and have had our security system reprogrammed. Would be interested to know if there have been any other incidents in this area. Keep an eye out!

From Margaret:

Just wanted to register on the blog that late Sunday eve at 4800 Block of Beach Dr someone got into my car, opened all the compartments (looking for change, valuables) and left the car door slightly opened (causing dead battery). Thought folks should know.

From Jim:

Just a note – (Tuesday) night our 2000 Honda Civic was broken into and they attempted to steal it up in Arbor Heights. Just found out they rifled thru it and also broke the ignition switch.

And from Eric, on Friday:

About 9:00 this morning I witnessed a silver suv, seemed like an early 2000′s Ford Explorer, slowly driving down the street stopping at cars to look in the window. Driver was a younger person in his twenties, dark hair with a pony tail. Not sure what ethnicity. Tried to get a picture but they sped off when I opened my front door. This was on the 3800 block of Belvidere, driver headed south on Belvidere. Called police immediately.

14 Comments

  1. This is absolutely horrible and I hate to say anything, but who keeps their children’s savings bond in there car?!?!

    Comment by West Seattle luv — 8:07 am July 14, 2012 #

  2. That’s a lot of (reported) car prowlings……… jeesh.

    Comment by bsmomma — 8:36 am July 14, 2012 #

  3. as long as some people keep leaving valuable items in cars, all of us will be at more risk of our cars getting broken into

    Comment by cruzer — 12:26 pm July 14, 2012 #

  4. http://www.fortknoxmailbox.com
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    ‘Nuff said, I’ve got one, it’s built like a tank.

    Comment by Jason — 1:30 pm July 14, 2012 #

  5. My children’s grandma had slipped 2 savings bonds into the glove box while we left her house that eveining and forgot to tell us. Unfortunate.

    Comment by Ryan — 5:15 pm July 14, 2012 #

  6. I am planning a move to Seattle from out of state for work reasons. Familiar with West Seattle but not sure where I will be living, however, I like to check this site. (I have a friend who lives in WS). I have been shocked by the number of car break-ins and home burglaries happening. I sure hope I’ll be able to find a safe place to live. But my main question that I have is: why do people leave so many valuables in the car??? In view or not, you know that is why they are breaking in. I don’t keep a single thing in my car, that’s it. Also, why I never hear about “house alarms”?? I am just worried, I will be living alone, and not so sure for my safety overall. BTW, anyone has or knows of a “cottage/motherinlaw quarters or studio” in the area? Temp arrangment until I settle and get a more stable residence.

    Comment by Linda — 10:24 am July 15, 2012 #

  7. Linda – this IS a safe place to live. The crime rate is actually terribly low. When people share reports here, we share that information so that people can stay informed and be reminded not to leave things in their car, etc. Side note, if you’re looking for a rental, you are welcome to post a note to that effect in our forum – http://westseattleblog.com/forum – good luck! – Tracy

    Comment by WSB — 11:11 am July 15, 2012 #

  8. Linda, I’ve lived in a “bad” part of West Seattle since 1998, and the only issue we’ve ever experienced is someone ripping a tire on my husband’s car. (We’re pretty sure it was the kid who lived down the street, since he was arrested the same night breaking into the hair salon adjoining A&E Auto Repair.)
    .
    Crime here IS terribly low—lower than anywhere else I’ve lived, small towns included. You just hear about it more because we make an effort to keep each other informed. I think that’s a GOOD thing—criminals have been caught as a result of information sharing on this site, which is awesome.

    Comment by datamuse — 12:26 pm July 15, 2012 #

  9. I’m a little puzzled why bonds would be slipped into a glove box. The good news is that they should be replaceable:
    http://www.treasurydirect.gov/indiv/research/indepth/ebonds/res_e_bonds_eereplace.htm

    Comment by Alan — 2:10 pm July 15, 2012 #

  10. this morning i saw the mailbox opened. it wasnt like that when i went outside the night before. same with several on my block. i was out this morning so didnt see who was doing it. it was sometime before 11am

    Comment by Anonymous — 7:43 pm July 15, 2012 #

  11. Ah crime here is -incredibly- low. Not terribly.

    Comment by WTF — 8:20 am July 16, 2012 #

  12. We forgot to grab our mail out of our mailbox Saturday (7/14) afternoon and sometime between then and Sunday afternoon, someone took a pajage out of it, opened it, read the note and put it back in the package, but stole the rest of the contents of the package. When we drove down the street (25th Ave SW and 24rg Ave SW) it appeared that other mail boxes may have had contents stolen as well. Made me feel absolutely awful!

    Comment by Paula — 11:52 am July 16, 2012 #

  13. Today in the Holden area, i was visited by some religeous peeps. I hope the guy was in training because he went NO WHERE with his ramblings in 5 minutes. my wife eventually got mad and yelled at them and that was that. if he wasnt a rookie, he was definetly a crook.

    Comment by pilsner — 4:20 pm July 16, 2012 #

  14. We live on 25th ave SW and somebody has been stealing mail for the last year. I have been watching but have never seen whom it might be. Some day they will get caught.

    Comment by Norman — 3:48 pm July 17, 2012 #

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