No special guest at last night’s West Seattle Crime Prevention Council meeting, so it was a shorter-than-usual meeting devoted to police updates and community concerns.
WESTWOOD VILLAGE EMPHASIS: Southwest Precinct commander Capt. Pierre Davis said there’s a police team focused on Westwood Village shoplifting, which had been previously mentioned as a chronic/increasing problem. As part of the WW focus, they’re also working with Metro regarding use of the C Line to get to and from the area to commit crimes.
PROPERTY CRIME OVERALL: In all, Capt. Davis said the general idea is to keep working on tactics to stop the same types of crime from happening again and again and again. That’s why they’ve ramped up early for not only shoplifting but also for package theft. Overall, they’re seeing a five percent drop, and continuing to work to arrest key suspects – often, repeat offenders well-known to police – and to work with prosecutors to get longer sentences for them.
MYERS WAY: This came up as a community concern, but most of the questions involved jurisdictional issues – city, county, state. (As shown on city maps, both sides of the road are in the city limits up until SW 100th.)
DRUG TAKE-BACK DAY: As announced earlier this week, the next twice-yearly Drug Take-Back Day at the SW Precinct (2300 SW Webster) will be Saturday, October 28th, 10 am-2 pm – bring your no-longer-needed/expired/etc. medications for dropoff, no questions asked.
SPD AT WEST SEATTLE JUNCTION HARVEST FESTIVAL: The day after that, you’ll see SPD participating in the West Seattle Junction Harvest Festival, 10 am-2 pm Sunday, October 29th – crime-prevention coordinator Jennifer Burbridge is working on the activity plan.
SPD HORSES IN WEST SEATTLE? Though SPD’s Mounted Patrol is based at Westcrest Park in West Seattle, their primary area of duty is in the West Precinct – big crowd events downtown, Capitol Hill, etc. However, you might see them in West Seattle during the holiday season, Operations Lt. Ron Smith told the WSCPC.
The West Seattle Crime Prevention Council meets third Tuesdays most months, 7 pm at the precinct.