West Seattle Crime Watch: Tales of three thefts

Three short reader reports to share – if you live in the Seaview or Admiral areas in particular, you might want to be aware:

This one’s out of the inbox today, from Jim in Seaview:

All four wheels were stolen off of my 2008 Honda Fit last night (between 6 pm and 6:30 am), a few blocks west of California and Raymond. They didn’t even take the lug nuts or try to break into the car.

We got another note about that one from Jackie, who adds that the car was brand-new. Jackie lives in the 6000 block of 44th (map) and adds that she too is a recent theft victim:

10/2, the catalytic converter was stolen off our ’99 Tacoma pickup right in front of our house.”

One more Crime Watch note, elaborating on this WSB Forums post – the stolen yard sign was actually in the post’er’s yard in Admiral (and these days, yard signs aren’t always free – the stolen one cost $10).

Reminder: If you are the victim of a crime, even if you think it’s too small to report, IT’S NOT – it’s important for police at the very least to be able to track what’s happening and where. The nonemergency line is 206/625-5011; you can find that any time on the WSB Crime Watch page (along with the links to our latest Crime Watch stories and some handy resource links).

6 Replies to "West Seattle Crime Watch: Tales of three thefts"

  • BC October 13, 2008 (3:12 pm)

    Anyone with a late 90’s and early 2000’s Toyota pickup or SUV should be on alert for having their catalytic converter stolen. Thieves hit these vehicles because the converters contain a large amount of precious metals. be aware.

  • Chris October 13, 2008 (3:28 pm)

    I have a 2001 Toyota Tacoma, is there a way to secure the catalytic convertor to make it harder to steal?

  • austin October 13, 2008 (4:02 pm)

    You could have your suspension dropped, which would make it difficult to get under the truck. Expensive, and not everyone wants to rock a lowrider. There’s a company that sells anti cat theft devices- http://catclamp.com/ , doesn’t look too rough to install. Doesn’t provide total security, but I think it would take a sawzall and a pair of bolt cutters to get past it in a situation where a thief would have one or the other but not usually both.

  • Aaron October 13, 2008 (4:55 pm)

    I had one of my subaru wheels stolen over the weekend they were not on my car but right outside my door.

  • Z October 14, 2008 (8:28 am)

    Thanks for the information. We live in the Seaview neighborhood right near where this happened. We just moved into the neighborhood and look forward to meeting our neighbors. We’re true believers in looking out for your neighborhood and neighbors. We’ll be keeping an eye out and reporting anything suspicious.

  • Brenda October 19, 2008 (1:03 pm)

    If you live in the 6000 block of 45th Ave SW, cross streets SW Raymond and SW Graham, be aware we are actively renewing our Block Watch Program. A roster will be out soon and we have almost everyone’s email at this point. You are reminded to share any incidents with the Captain as we will be hosting either a blog or a newsletter to open the communication between neighbors.

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