In West Seattle Crime Watch – a check of the crime map shows car thefts are the trend of the week, with 15 reported between December 20th and 26th (yesterday), including seven reported on just one day, December 21st (though two of those seven apparently happened some days earlier). Full list ahead, plus the numbers on burglars and car prowls, but first – two reader reports, one with a photo:
Sadly, someone didn’t get the memo about the season. A nice silver mountain dwarf pine was unceremoniously yanked from our property on Christmas Eve on SW Frontenac Street. The plant was eventually to be donated to a local park, so everyone kind of lost out. We left a sign in the hole as a guilty inducement, as even the Grinch was shown to have a heart in the end. We don’t hold out much hope for these clowns, however.
Meantime, from the 5400 block of Fauntleroy Way, Kristin reports:
I got home late at night on 12/24 after being out of town for several days. I saw my mailbox was full, along with the two right next to mine that belong to my neighbors (we live in a house that is split into three different units). All three mailboxes were full at 11:45pm on 12/24. I forgot to take my mail inside that night, and when I went to get it before work on the morning of 12/25 at 6:15, all three mailboxes were empty.
When I returned home from work on 12/25 at 8:30 pm, mail was strewn about the front porch. Mine was opened, and there’s no way that four days worth of mail is what was returned. They returned the ads/coupons and personal Christmas cards. There weren’t any of the typical credit card offers or bills that usually come.
All in all, my mail was stolen and my neighbors suffered the same ordeal.
After that original note, by the way, she contacted her landlord to ask for locked mailboxes. He lives about a mile away from her – and, Kristin wrote, “said he would consider it as his mail was stolen a week ago.” If you haven’t already heard SPD’s mail-theft prevention advice, it’s included in this info published by the West Seattle Block Watch Captains’ Network.
Now – click ahead for the date/place list elaborating on the auto-theft map:
From north to south, what’s on the map:
2300 block of 42nd SW, reported last Monday (12/23)
3800 block of 53rd SW, reported last Saturday (12/21)
4400 block of 44th SW, reported last Sunday (12/22)
Two thefts in the 4500 block of 42nd SW, reported last Saturday and on Wednesday (12/21, 12/24)
4300 block of SW Alaska, reported last Saturday (12/21)
3600 block of SW Edmunds, reported Tuesday (12/24)
4700 block of 23rd SW, reported Saturday (12/21)
5000 block of 38th SW, reported Tuesday (12/24)
5900 block of California SW, reported Sunday (12/22)
6000 block of California SW, reported Saturday (12/21)
6000 block of Fauntleroy Way, reported last Friday (12/20)
6700 block of California SW, reported Saturday (12/21)
Sylvan Way/High Point Drive, reported Saturday (12/21)
6900 block of Delridge Way, reported Wednesday (12/25)
Also on the map for the past week – 11 burglaries and 8 car prowls. This month last year, according to stats on the SPD website, burglaries averaged about 17 per week in December; car-prowl stats weren’t broken out, but car thefts were, averaging about 12 per week.