Two West Seattle Crime Watch notes this morning – one from a car-prowl victim who discovered he wasn’t alone; second, a thank-you note from a business hit by a burglar – read on:
First note’s from Alex:
I live on SW Charlestown, 2 blocks west of California and (Thursday) morning I walked out to find my car had been broken into. The passenger’s side window had been smashed and they took my GPS and (god only knows why) my car’s manual. As I stood there making noises not words, 2 ladies, walking their dogs informed me there was another car just around the corner that had been broken into as well.
Called the cops, and tried to patch up the window with a garbage bag (not successfully). As I drove away I saw the other car. The bleeeeeps were out shopping in my neighborhood. I wish now I had taken a picture so I could send you.
Anyway, that’s it. Someone suggested I write you a note, maybe to alert other folks, but to tell you the truth, I don’t know how this sort of thing can be prevented.
Maybe not prevented, but dissuaded: Police have said over and over again, GPS devices are among the most popular targets of car prowlers, so if you have one, not only should you not leave it in your vehicle, you should also be sure you don’t leave visible hints – suction cups, etc.
Now, the thank-you note, from Gavin at Potter Construction (WSB sponsor):
A picture window at Potter Construction (5606 California Ave SW), broken in the wee hours several days ago by thieves who took a laptop computer, has been repaired. Thank you to the Seattle Police Department for their quick response to the crime, and to the many West Seattleites who expressed their concern.