West Seattle Crime Watch: Which crimes are up, which are down

Beyond the incident-by-incident crime reports, we work to bring you “big picture” context whenever it’s available. When we saw Southwest Precinct Lt. Steve Paulsen at a meeting the other night, he mentioned he was about to brief the SWP Advisory Council on March crime stats for the area, so we asked for the same overview, to share with you:

Car prowls are up over February. Items stolen are purses, iPods, GPS, wallets, laptops … items that could easily be taken out of vehicles to lessen the probability of being prowled. Suspects are teenagers and drug addicts. We have seen a trend that teenage females are also being involved in this crime. It only takes a few seconds to enter a vehicle and take the items. Some vehicles have been left unlocked as well. The suspects are looking for opportunities and easy pickings.

Auto thefts continue to go downward. The flavor of the month for March is Honda Civics.

Residential burglaries are down from February – mid 40s [total number for the area], which is less then our normal average, 50 or so. Items taken are the same as in car prowls. Weekdays, between 10 am and 1:30 pm, is the hot time. We made 5 arrests in March which cleared several cases.

You can also get the latest on West Seattle crime trends in person — and ask key precinct personnel about concerns in your neighborhood – by attending the next WS Crime Prevention Council meeting, 7 pm April 21 at the precinct (Delridge and Webster).

5 Replies to "West Seattle Crime Watch: Which crimes are up, which are down"

  • Near Alki April 3, 2009 (11:32 am)

    Interesting “hot time” for residential burglaries mentioned by Lt. Paulsen…Weekdays, between 10 am and 1:30 pm. Teenagers who (mostly) should be in school.

  • Stacey April 3, 2009 (11:58 am)

    Weekdays 10-1:30 is also prime time for tweakers and crackheads who are out and about looking for quick hits while everyone’s at work.

    I see them all over my neighborhood (highland park) around this time, holding an empty coffee cup as a decoy (“I was just out getting a cup of coffee, officer!”) while they slowly walk up and down the alleys or side streets, looking for a gapped window or open car doors.

  • Bruce April 3, 2009 (2:15 pm)

    How does one recover stolen items from this theft ring? I had an LCD big-screen TV, and a laptop stolen from my Arbor heights home on 4/1. Nothing else was touched, telling me it was: a) kids, and b) the were on foot.

  • marty April 3, 2009 (6:07 pm)

    Not to worry!! Now that parking enforcement has everyone parking the proper direction we are sure to see a decrease in auto prowls…

  • deckard April 3, 2009 (6:26 pm)

    Well of course, teenagers are suppose to be in school. If the jerks don’t think anything of breaking the law and jacking someones car, do you really think they are going to worry about skipping a class? I for one am very thankfull for the police and the job they are doing. Crime is moving in, and it’s going to take a community effort to stop it. The police need our tips and support! And if parking the right way on the street will help, then that’s what I will do. If you have a complaint about the parking, why don’t you attend the next WSCP meeting on the 21st, and bring it up.

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