West Seattle Crime Watch: More than an outage

Just out of the WSB inbox from “T and T,” near Lincoln Park:

Our cable internet and phone service were both down Monday night (9/29). The following evening when I returned from work, I called Comcast and Qwest to troubleshoot. When we were told by both companies that there were no known issues causing the outage, my husband and I went outside to check our wiring entering our home. We were surprised to find that someone had cleanly cut our phone line (i.e. with a wire cutter or similar) and two of our three cable wires. We figure that someone must have tried to break into our home via our basement door, but either got spooked by the giant dog next door or was unsuccessful getting in to our well-secured door. This happened on Kenyon just across the street from Lincoln Park (map).

By the time we called the police, the damage was more than 24 hrs old (since we had assumed initially that this was just a simple cable outage). We have spoken to police and are filing a police report, but wanted to make everyone aware. Two teenage youth were reportedly “looking out of place” and walking up our dead-end street that day, but we have also had neighbors call the police recently for “meth heads” (as they were described to us) who were stealing metal from our neighbor.

4 Replies to "West Seattle Crime Watch: More than an outage"

  • MissK October 2, 2008 (9:53 pm)

    Is there copper in the wires? I know that many people are stealing copper from wiring to sell for money. There have been many news reports about this sort of thing happening. That is people stealing copper wiring to sell for drug money.

  • steve October 2, 2008 (11:21 pm)

    attempt to disable alarm callout?

  • charles October 3, 2008 (10:22 am)

    seems if police stop these kind of people, they get up set and call the aclu. their rights are violated. never mind our rights. and a whole bunch of things i am thinking and can,t put down

  • T & T October 3, 2008 (5:59 pm)

    No copper wire in our phone or cable wires. We are thinking along the same lines as Steve – that the thieves thought they were disarming an internet based alarm system (which we don’t have).

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