West Seattle Crime Watch: Window followup; another car gone

We showed you that photo Monday, while reporting that West Seattle firefighters helped clean up and secure the area around a big broken window on the west side of a former Huling/Gee storefront on SW Alaska east of Fauntleroy Way. We subsequently checked to see if it was a case of burglary or “just” vandalism; this morning, we have followup information from Southwest Precinct Sgt. Mike Teeter, who summarizes that “a large rock was thrown through the window, but no entry was made.”

Meantime, a new Crime Watch report this morning, from Amy in Gatewood:

My car was stolen from my driveway yesterday sometime between 10 pm Monday evening and 6 am Tuesday morning. I live on the corner of SW Myrtle street and 36th Ave SW [map]. I filed a police report and thankfully my car was found yesterday around 5 pm by the King County Sheriff’s (Office). It was recovered in the South Park area and towed to a Burien lot. They said they had just recovered a similar Honda Accord like mine stolen from the same area. This is the second time my car has been targeted in my neighborhood. Two years ago my stereo was stolen. I think it’s a group of punk kids going for a joy ride. They didn’t take any car parts, just valuables that were in the car, punched out the ignition, stole my stereo again (luckily I carry the face plate with me so it’s useless to them now), and trashed the inside of the car. Just thought people should know about this in case there is anyone else out there who has had the same thing happen around the area.

We’ve received reports both official and unofficial of more than a few car thefts lately, including a “huge spike” in the unincorporated area south of WS, as described by King County Sheriff’s Deputy Jeff Hancock at last week’s White Center Crime Prevention Coalition meeting, but the Southwest Precinct says numbers on this side of the line are not currently higher than usual.

15 Replies to "West Seattle Crime Watch: Window followup; another car gone"

  • rockergirl January 28, 2009 (12:10 pm)

    We live not to far away and have had a problem with our Honda being broken into also – they broke the window and made the alarm go off which scared them away immediately. We are glad we have the alarm and it kept the car from being stolen but now park it in the garage as to avoid the temptation of having it broken into again. Glad you got your car back – sorry for the hassle of having to deal with this twice!

  • austin January 28, 2009 (1:24 pm)

    Car alarms get a bad rap because of the cheap / improperly installed ones that go off for no apparent reason, usually when their owner is nowhere to be found. However a decent alarm system installed by a professional is the first line of defense if you own a type of car often targeted by criminals. A good redundant alarm combined with a multi point kill switch will keep your car safely in your driveway if the thieves are armed with anything less than a tow truck. If your car does get stolen, a lojack system will get it back to you with the quickness, in my personal experience as a previous owner of two civics, an integra and a camry and victim of three successful thefts and one attempted.

  • old timer January 28, 2009 (1:54 pm)

    Cutting off the left hands of apprehended thieves would be a good
    deterrent too, IMO.
    Just a few, on Prime time TV.
    Sort of an ‘Ultimate Reality’ show.
    In the land of the free and the home of the wuss,
    it will never happen.
    Go back to finding the good in the pigs who ransacked your home/car/life.

  • maggie January 28, 2009 (2:50 pm)

    Beware of a couple of girls going around in the very early morning vandalizing cars. They are smashing windows, stealing and even spray painting on private property. Keep your eyes out. They need to be caught.

  • rockergirl January 28, 2009 (5:43 pm)

    What are have they been doing this in Maggie?
    Would be good to know so we can guard against it and be aware if in the area.

  • jeannie January 28, 2009 (8:48 pm)

    Where are the parents of these brats? OK, that’s a rhetorical question.

    I have to agree with old timer, the (literal) “hands-off” policy sounds tempting.

  • CheriBerri January 28, 2009 (9:29 pm)

    I am really getting sick of people thinking its ok for them to vandalize and steal other peoples property, my fiance had his window smashed and his stero stolen today in broad day light!!! this happend downtown on james street thought.

  • maggie January 29, 2009 (5:27 am)

    The girls are driving a white Honda with tinted windows….sorry I can’t be more specific. I am told the owner of the car lives in the Jefferson Square area by 42nd and Edmunds, but is usually out trolling around through-out the night.

  • swimcat January 29, 2009 (9:04 am)

    Amy, that stinks. I live very close to you and have an old Honda too, and it is so aggravating that these cars are targeted by thieves. They aren’t worth a ton of money when it comes time to sell them, but they are worth their weight in gold to the owners who took good care of them for so many years.

    My car has been broken into so many times I lost track (I always file a police report too), and my brother had a ’91 Camry that was stolen two or three times and broken into numerous times.

    I have a question too; what happens if your car is stolen and the thief crashes it and causes property damage? Does your insurance have to pay for it even though you didn’t do it? I’m just curious. Thanks!

  • maggie January 29, 2009 (9:05 am)

    Neat, but no,
    It’s SW Edmunds and SW 42nd….4 door Accord newer model 2006-ish ???

  • bb January 29, 2009 (9:12 am)

    i live at jefferson square if they park in the garage i will let you know and you can inform the police

  • bb February 1, 2009 (8:18 pm)

    no car here, and who told you its in the area, i have to say you should be calling the cops if this is real.

  • AC February 10, 2009 (3:21 pm)

    “I have a question too; what happens if your car is stolen and the thief crashes it and causes property damage? Does your insurance have to pay for it even though you didn’t do it? I’m just curious. Thanks!”

    Depending on what type of insurance you have comprehension vs. just collison will determine if your insurance will cover the cost of your car being damaged. You will still have to pay your detuctable though. For example my car was found but after damage assement it was considered a total loss. So they will pay me Market value for my car and take my deductable out of that amount. Time to go car shopping ugh!

  • Concerned Neighbor February 27, 2009 (6:33 pm)

    Maggie – how exactly did you acquire all of this information? And how long has this been going on?

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