West Seattle Crime Watch: Stolen car; plus, how many police the Southwest Precinct has

First, in West Seattle Crime Watch, one reader report today:

STOLEN CAR: From Taylor in Arbor Heights:

Our 1999 red Jeep Cherokee was stolen from our driveway early this morning in Arbor Heights. We are at the 9600 block of 41st SW. Our neighbor reported a white Camry trolling the neighborhood around 4-5 am around when the paper gets delivered. Just an FYI for others.

The plate is in the @getyourcarback tweet. This is one of two auto thefts logged for West Seattle so far today; the other was in the 4100 block of 58th SW, but since we haven’t heard directly from anyone on that, we don’t know what type of vehicle was taken there.

Now, a side note. This Wednesday, the City Council’s Public Safety Committee meeting looks at the state of SPD staffing around the city. And a report prepared for that meeting is already online, showing the numbers for all precincts, and what share of patrol staffing they have compared to what share of “911 call hours” comes from each precinct. See the report here; quick preview, the SW Precinct has the lowest number in both categories.

The 2 pm meeting Wednesday at City Hall also will include a 90-day update on the SPD body-cam experiment (which is only in the East Precinct) and the swearing-in of new Seattle Fire Chief Harold Scoggins.

4 Replies to "West Seattle Crime Watch: Stolen car; plus, how many police the Southwest Precinct has"

  • Out for a walk March 30, 2015 (7:14 pm)

    If I read this correctly, we (west seattle) have the lowest numbers assigned, but the question is how does this correlate to actual number of crimes in each area?

  • JeffK March 30, 2015 (7:20 pm)

    I never knew how many officers SPD had. Here’s a map of the precincts for clarity.


    Given a normal shift cycle, weekend duty, and vacations it must be about 1/6 of the total officers on duty at any one time…?

  • heather March 30, 2015 (11:51 pm)

    I’m not sure I’m reading the patrol staffing report correctly. Is it accurate that the SW precinct (West Seattle) has 13 officers and 1 sergeant not assigned to 911 duty? But in total we have 83 officers and 9 sergeants? Is “911 duty” active response to 911 calls? Meaning only a staff of 13 pursue crime trends and investigation?

  • dsa March 31, 2015 (1:55 am)

    It looks like you are correct Heather.

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