West Seattle Crime Watch: Burglars chased away, and more

Three items to share this afternoon, from three West Seattle neighborhoods – but first, another reminder that tomorrow is your deadline to sign up your block to close the street for a Night Out block party next Tuesday night; here’s how to do it online. (UPDATE: The deadline’s just been extended to Monday.) Now, the Crime Watch reports; in fact, the first item is a reminder of how much “neighbor power” can do to fight crime – read on:

From a North Delridge resident:

I just wanted to let everybody know about a thwarted burglary today, and the importance of good neighbors. I got a call (yesterday) from my neighbor saying that he caught someone trying to break into my house.

While outside around 1 pm my neighbor heard glass break and thinking it was me decided to look over this fence to give me a hard time only to see a 30 something white male trying to climb through my window. The burglar ran away and lucky for us was never able to get inside thus leaving without any loot. My fiance and I are so happy and feel so lucky to have such great neighbors who look out for one another. We called the cops and they were able to pull some fingerprints so hopefully those pan out. We live on 26th ave sw and Alaska [map] right by the Delridge playfield. My neighbor chased after but was unable to catch the would be robber but he said he was a white male 30 something, 6ft 180 lbs and wearing a burnt orange shirt. I know this is kind of late but we feel the neighborhood should know. Even though it is hot we had all of or windows and doors closed and that didn’t stop them so just remember to take precaution and if you don’t know them already, get to know your neighbors because you never know when they might be there for you.

From John in Highland Park (who reported another incident in the same block earlier this week):

There was another home burglary and one aborted attempt in the block of 7700 14th ave SW [map] on 7/28 during daylight hours. The attempted burglary was about 5:30 am. The persons (2 or 3) came through a closed gate in the back yard (alley access) and went towards a closed window. The owners LARGE dog barked which chased off the persons. The home burglary was also during daylight hours, and either they jammed the front door lock or climbed through a 2nd deck which had a open slider. … The owner called 911 about 6 pm, but they did not respond until about 2 hours later.

And from Jill, who says this happened last week near 44th/Genesee (map):

On Thursday night we had a deep fat turkey fryer + propane tank stolen from our back alley in front of our shed (I know, it is not that important and it was our fault for leaving out). Nevertheless, just a reminder for everyone to be aware and keep eyes open. We have never had one problem on our block since moving in over a year ago so we feel lucky. I think there are a lot of bored kids out there right now because our fence post was knocked off the same night.

By the way, if you have a Night Out party and wouldn’t mind being photographed for WSB, please e-mail us (editor@westseattleblog.com) to let us know where and when your party’s at!

6 Replies to "West Seattle Crime Watch: Burglars chased away, and more"

  • bridge to somewhere July 30, 2009 (12:35 pm)

    in the first two cases, did the homes have burglar alarms?

  • Frank July 30, 2009 (12:35 pm)

    Leave a radio on NPR during the day = VOICES talking in the house. That plus a barking dog are the only deterrents that have worked for me.

  • Courtney July 30, 2009 (12:50 pm)

    Is there a way to see if your block has already signed up for the Night Out?

  • Pete July 30, 2009 (12:54 pm)

    I for one am getting sick and tired of reading stories about low lifes in our neighborhoods taking things that do not belong to them. I hoep that everyone participates in their block (neighborhood) City Night Out event. Meeting your neighbors is the first step in taking back our neighborhoods and letting these low lifes knwo that they are not welcome and will not be tolerated in our community. One last point which WSB always mentions but it never hurts to say it again…see something suspicious? house broken into to? car prowled? somethign just doesn’t look right? CALL 911 IMMEDIATELY!!!!!!

  • Tony July 30, 2009 (2:26 pm)

    We had a radio playing NPR 24/7 @ our parking garage in lower Queene Anne Condo. Reduced car prowls by 200%. Voices scared off would be prowlers.

  • bridge to somewhere July 30, 2009 (3:33 pm)

    GREAT suggestions Frank and Tony!

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