West Seattle Crime Watch: Burglary alert for vacant homes

February 6, 2013 at 11:32 pm | In Crime, West Seattle news | 3 Comments

If there’s a house for sale near yours – keep an extra-close watch, advises B, who reports a break-in:

Thought other folks might want a heads up to keep an eye out on vacant homes for sale in Highland Park. We are selling our property and were called (Tuesday) after someone threw a rock through the window and climbed through. As we were fixing the window two kids, around 20, both stopped by, coming in from the alley.

Our neighborhood block watch is very active and folks have been keeping an eye out on the property. However, even with all of these eyes keeping watch, these punks were still around somewhere.

Hate for someone else to have the same experience. Thanks to SPD SW folks for their professionalism and effort. Whole new level of respect for their work and effort to keep us safe. Just wish folks like those we encountered yesterday didn’t make it so hard.

Highland Park and other residents near the city/county line might be interested in tomorrow (Thursday) night’s North Highline Unincorporated Area Council public-safety forum, since crime knows no borders – it’s at 7 pm at the Boys and Girls Club at Greenbridge (9800 8th SW), details on our partner site White Center Now.


  1. A couple of years ago a house on our block was broken into. It wasn’t up for sale but the owner had died and no one else had been living there. So, morbid as it may sound, if you have a neighbor who’s recently passed away, it seems some of these would-be burglars are following the obits…

    Comment by datamuse — 9:08 am February 7, 2013 #

  2. This happened to our neighbors house in Upper Fauntleroy a few weeks back as well. From what I understand after talking to the home owners, it appears the burglars spent a long time at the house possibly doing Internet research as the combed through things and decided what to steal. They stole expensive things but left less expensive related items behind..

    Comment by ereljo — 6:48 pm February 7, 2013 #

  3. Our house in Highland Park was broken into this past Friday morning, Feb. 22. They came in a bathroom window and caused a lot of damage when the sill gave way from their weight. Our alarm went off and scared them away, but they came in only 10 -15 mins after we left for work so it seems they were watching the house. — Report any suspicious and unusual behavior in your neighborhoods no matter how small.

    Comment by B Halvorsen — 9:05 pm February 26, 2013 #

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