West Seattle holidays: Advice for staying safe, preventing crime

Southwest Precinct police have begun the holiday-safety plan they previewed at recent community meetings, starting with the West Seattle Crime Prevention Council in October. We talked this week with Community Police Team Officer Jon Flores about the plan; he said you can expect to see stepped-up presence, including foot patrols, in areas that are busier than ever this time of year, particularly The Junction and Westwood Village.

As always, taking safety precautions is a vital part of the equation, too, and toward that end, the precinct has shared advice from Crime Prevention Coordinator Mark Solomon:

Seattle Police Safety Advice for Holiday Season

Even if you think you’ve heard it all before – take a few minutes to read it. Make sure other members of your family know.

P.S. While the document touches only briefly on preventing package theft, Officer Flores said the most important thing is to avoid having a package left in plain view from the street. So if you have to have something delivered, they recommend:

-Signature required on delivery
-Pick up from local carrier hub
-Leave the package with a trusted neighbor if delivery window is within time you know the neighbor will be home

And if all the above fail, at the very least:

-Placement of the package in as a discreet a location as possible

We’d add – if crime DOES happen, even if it seems “minor,” please report it to police so they can track trends and redeploy the “emphasis patrols” as needed. (And once you do, consider letting us know, so we can share it in West Seattle Crime Watch reports and keep others informed – police reports take up to a week to get through the system, so unless we hear directly, we don’t necessarily get the information in a timely manner.)

4 Replies to "West Seattle holidays: Advice for staying safe, preventing crime"

  • Mark November 27, 2013 (7:41 pm)

    Great tips
    Best to you and yours this holiday season!
    Thanks for all you do WSB & Seattle Police.

  • T November 28, 2013 (2:36 am)

    I think it’s sad we can’t even leave packages on our front door anymore without them being stolen. I have all my packages forwarded to the Post Office, UPS, or Fed Ex. Only way to ensure delivery.

  • Ms Pam November 29, 2013 (8:09 pm)

    I, despite having a surgical boot plus cane, today decided to get a start on my Christmas shopping at local Dept. store in SoDo! Potential purchases on one arm,purse & cane on the other, 2 different young men, totally creeping into me! Not wanting to “cause a scene” didn’t do much 1st time but with 2nd guy I was much more aware & had an assertive push back. No punk is going to get my wallet/purse! Wish I had been more vocal & brought attention to incident!! I am disappointed that I did not make a fuss. Initially didn’t want to cause a scene…Shame on me!!

  • FionaEnzo December 1, 2013 (11:36 am)

    Please leave some lights on in your house, preferably on a variable timer. Maddening to see so many dark houses. Too much info for thieves.

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