West Seattle Crime Watch: Reader-report roundup

Six reader reports to share in this West Seattle Crime Watch roundup. First, the photo at left goes with this report from David, who originally posted this in the WSB Forums:

(Saturday) we parked in the free parking behind Jak’s and had brunch, then went to the computer store on California – we were parked from about 11 AM – 1 PM. When we came back to the car, the front passenger window had been smashed, and a black Kipling backpack with a smartphone and Nikon digital camera that was on the floor on the passenger side was gone. We have lived here for 6 years and park there all the time – never thought we’d have to worry mid-day, with cars and people all around. Sure would be nice to hear if anyone saw anything or finds the backpack.

Five more reader reports ahead:

Wendy reports that she was contacted by police this morning to say her storage unit was one of multiple units broken into in the 2900 block of Avalon Way SW – ransacked, but nothing stolen. Next, from Melanie:

Last night, someone broke into my husband’s work truck and stole all his tools. 6700 block of 47th Ave SW. They pried open the locked canopy.

From Megan:

(Wednesday morning) I discovered that my car had been broken into on the 9200 block of 47th Ave SW. Also our next-door neighbor came home (Tuesday night) at about 8:30/9:00 PM to find their back door wide open and the stove burner on!

From Michelle:

I live in N Admiral at 47th and Holgate. Sometime in the last 24 hrs. someone dumped a heavy, black 2 drawer (particle board) file cabinet in the alley area behind my house where I keep my recycle bins, etc. My message to the individual(s) is this- Thanks a lot to whomever left me with their garbage!

And from Amy on 26th SW in North Delridge:

My house was broken into (Tuesday). I came home from work to find that my back window had been shattered; 2 flat screen TVs, 1 MacBook Pro, 1 HP laptop and 3 iPods all stolen. Police from W. Seattle precinct said that the MO lately has been to approach a house, knock on the front door and wait for any noise. If no one answers, they go around to the back of the house, break in and steal whatever they canb get their hands on.

Police also figure that the burglars backed into our driveway to make loading their getaway vehicle quick and easy. Interestingly enough, they left behind our entire liquor cabinet, some prescription meds, various gift cards and credit cards, etc. They tossed our bedroom, going as far as to dump our dresser drawers out and shove our mattress aside so they could check underneath.

The overall burglary rate in West Seattle remains more than 20 percent lower than this time last year, Southwest Precinct Capt. Pierre Davis told last Tuesday’s West Seattle Crime Prevention Council meeting.

4 Replies to "West Seattle Crime Watch: Reader-report roundup"

  • evergreen October 21, 2012 (11:59 pm)

    I feel for you. My backback w/ my computer and my thesis (!) were stolen in the same manner about a year ago in NE Seattle. The police said that the pros know how to break a car window quietly and effortlessly, and to never ever leave anything in the car. Not even something as mundane as toilet paper, per the police. And this is true for all of Seattle, every neighborhood, any time of day.

  • WS_paranoid October 22, 2012 (4:29 pm)

    Some (obvious) tips that may reduce the chances of getting burgled by the smash/grab kind:
    – (Personal/non-work) Cars are not storage units. Too often people treat them like one. Your car cabin should be (OCD-grade) empty. This is also a safety point for driving so that flying stuff doesn’t knock you out when slamming on the brakes on a freeway.
    – Leave whatever you must in the trunk and disable internal cabin trunk releases if you can.
    – Invest in a proper home safe and a properly setup alarm system. Its an effective deterrent for smash/grab idiots.
    – Get rid of the enormous amounts of stuff you are hoarding in your garage. You do not need all that stuff – trust me. Use the money from selling the hoarded stuff to buy yourself a home safe/alarm system.
    – Store your car in the above emptied secured garage.

  • Beto October 22, 2012 (4:47 pm)

    We’re very sorry to hear about your car. I guess we all should learn from your experience and avoid leaving visible items in the car. It is hard to believe that happened daytime! That’s not good!

  • Emily P October 23, 2012 (4:35 pm)

    We live on 14th Avenue SW and woke up this morning to find that my car had been ransacked and some medical belongings had been stolen. Its really unsettling that someone is prowling in this neighborhood. About 3 weeks ago someone had been in our back yard and stole expensive lawn decor as well. Who ever is doing this is doing it at night. I would suggest keeping all doors and windows locked.. For me and my husband, we keep our window cracked so we can hear any noise or talking (since we are light sleepers) who may be prowling or making plans on invading. Seems like the crime and burglar rate has sky rocketed over the last 6 months. I guess this is a result of careless people and a bad economy…

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