WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: Mailboxes, car windows targeted – and more

Reader reports, plus a community-safety meeting, in Crime Watch this afternoon:

MAILBOXES TARGETED: We have two reports today from one Arbor Heights neighborhood – 41st SW between 102nd and 104th. First Denae e-mailed to say thieves broke into their mailbox while they were at work, and then Tommy messaged us to say theirs also was broken into: “After talking with the post office – they told us that a lot of other people were broken into on 42nd Ave. I think it would be good for people to keep a lookout for suspicious people near mailboxes.” If you experience mailbox/mail-related crime, report it to SPD (911 if it’s happening NOW or just happened) as well as the Postal Inspection Service.

CAR WINDOWS BROKEN: Two reports of this, from different areas. First, from Darren, with a photo: “Happened sometime last night/this am. We live on 60th between Admiral and Stevens. Police report filed.”

And from Isaac:

Just a quick FYI – Police woke us up around 2 am last night to let us know that someone had broken the drivers side window out of our car parked on 34th just in from the corner of SW Roxbury. Nothing was taken and it didn’t look like the car was ransacked at all. Just a busted window…

ABANDONED (STOLEN?) BIKE: Dennis sent the photo at midday today:

If you can’t tell – that’s the business parking lot on the northwest corner of Delridge/Andover.

COMMUNITY SAFETY CONVERSATION: Received an announcement today of a meeting Saturday afternoon facilitated by the Seattle Neighborhood Group for people in and around the 5400 block of Delridge Way SW. It’s set for 3-4:30 pm Saturday (March 4th) at the Delridge Library, which is in that block (5423 Delridge Way SW).

22 Replies to "WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: Mailboxes, car windows targeted - and more"

  • anonyme March 2, 2017 (3:54 pm)

    That specific section of Arbor Heights has been the target of mail thieves for several years.  There is a halfway house at 100th & the streets in question.  Someone should be keeping an eye on that place, as there is what seems to be a concentration of petty thievery in the area.

  • ArborHEITZ March 2, 2017 (4:28 pm)

    Found one further north wide open yesterday as well.   It was a lock box. 

  • Shawn March 2, 2017 (8:16 pm)

    I was the victim of an attempted car prowl this morning near Camp Long.  At 1:12am someone pulled up and parked behind my car.  They got out and used a heavy object (assuming a rock) and hit my window three times.  Unsuccessful, they left.  Nothing of value was in the car and I get to replace a window :(

  • D Del Rio March 2, 2017 (9:29 pm)

    I live several blocks north, and I have been waking up to my mailbox and my neighbor’s boxes wide open. We all have locks on our boxes. What is going on? This was the house that I grew up at during the 80s. Until recently, mail box theft never happened. It never even happened in the “bad” part of town. Another thing that we didn’t worry about was when the UPS driver left packages on our porch. If we were out of town for a month, it would still be there.

  • zephyr March 2, 2017 (9:52 pm)

    I am sorry to hear of these various incidents which seem to repeat themselves fairly often.   These locking mailboxes…  Are all of them easily breached or are some brands/models more reliable?  Thanks.

  • H March 2, 2017 (10:16 pm)

    Why blame the halfway house? You don’t know you assume. 

  • DH March 3, 2017 (4:53 am)

    @H. I was thinking the same thing. Totally agree. I live across the alley from an apartment for people in recovery. They are great, quiet and clean. Thanks for speaking up. 

  • Dora March 3, 2017 (5:37 am)

    We also had our truck window broken out Wednesday night just off of 35th Ave in Gatewood.  The contents of the glovebox were out on the seat, but nothing was taken. I filed a police report. 

  • ArborHEITZ March 3, 2017 (7:51 am)

    The mail thieves target the boxes because we have them on the street.   Anyone who lives in Arbor heights and has an common sense gets mail at a PO box or Mailbox place like Mailbox West.  It’s been going on for years.   

  • unknown March 3, 2017 (7:53 am)

     You ask what is going on…. what’s going on is that it is easier to go out and rob someone than to go to work 5 days a week 8 hours a day, it’s a way of life for these people that are doing these crimes I mean why get up go to work pay for the things you want with your hard earned wages and pay taxes when you can sleep in stay up late go case neighborhoods tax free?!?!

    And for what, to get a few hours pleasure from that high you get from the drugs you’re injecting, inhaling or snorting up your nose!  

  • Dr. Bob March 3, 2017 (8:47 am)

    Welcome to Ed Murray’s world class Seattle!

    Tent living, shooting alleys, free mail pick-up, and the thriving cottage industries of auto glass replacement,  homeless advocacy, and treating addiction as a disease.


    World Class!

  • Josh March 3, 2017 (10:54 am)

    What’s going on is the city is encouraging drug users people from all over the country to come here. We welcome them and increase our taxes to support their quality of life here  further. They need to support their drug habit by breaking into our cars, stealing mail, etc.

    That is the reality. Close proximity to the Westwood bus hub / homeless camps at Roxhill makes it all the easier.

    • dsa March 3, 2017 (12:27 pm)

      Voters authorize the enablers.  The problem is that mostly enablers are the ones that run for office.

    • AMD March 3, 2017 (2:29 pm)

      People are not coming here from other places in the country to use drugs or be homeless.  That myth has been repeatedly debunked.  If you want to have a constructive conversation about crime in our area, I’m all for that, but please stick to facts.

      For the mailboxes that were broken into, were they forced open, or does it look like someone was able to pick the lock?  Assuming they were locked (it sounds like they were).

      • mike March 3, 2017 (8:47 pm)

        AMD debunked by who?  Wake up! 

  • Claytone March 3, 2017 (11:13 am)

    If you do get a mailbox someplace, don’t do it at the Post Office unless you clean it out every day or two.  Let it go for a week and you will find it stuffed hard with their ‘legitimate’ junk mail.

  • realist March 3, 2017 (3:57 pm)

    AMD.  Homeless ARE coming here from all over to freeload on us! Examples:Q13 did a story about a year ago on homeless youth in the u district. One of the kids interviewed ON CAMERA   was asked where he was from said he was born and grew up in  CHICAGO. When asked why he came here he said ON CAMERA “I heard it was easier here”. KOMO did a story on people living in tents  just off the Western  off ramp. The girl interviewed was from Bozeman. KIRO also did a story and interviewed 2  women living in belltown ally. Both were heroin addicts. They said they wanted a change so they came here from Ft Lauderdale Florida. Last but not least. On the morning news last week Q13 reporter Brandy Kruse said she had been in the jungle and when asked where they were from most admitted they weren’t from here but came for the free services.

  • H March 3, 2017 (11:32 pm)

    Thank you @ DH people so quickly want to blame someone in recovery, or a recovery home. I ask the individual who’s comments offended me are you a part of your neighbor hood watch, are you going to the southwest prescient for the monthly meeting. I’m going to assume No. 

    • TM March 4, 2017 (1:49 pm)

      I have a problem with the city using any data from this survey and allocating tax dollars based on it.  Bias?  From the article…  “Nearly 50 people struggling with homelessness themselves helped the city conduct the survey”  and the survey is not scientific.”  

  • anonyme March 6, 2017 (6:54 am)

    Dear H, DH,

    You’re just full of assumptions, aren’t you?  Most of them wrong, but I’m sure you’ll choose to be “offended” anyway.

    In fact, I AM an active member of a block watch.  In fact, through
    awareness and observation, I’ve assisted police in apprehending several
    criminals in my neighborhood, including leading them to a burglar hiding
    in an alley.

    The house I mentioned has nothing to do with drug rehab to my
    knowledge, nor did I ever say it was.  (You might want to actually read a
    sentence before reacting to it.)  It rents rooms to individuals
    transitioning out of prison, including sex offenders.  Perhaps you
    should invite one of them home for dinner, as you are soooo open minded?

    I have absolutely no intention of apologizing for keeping an eye open
    for potential problems in my neighborhood.  My neighbors appreciate it;
    who knows, you might be one of them?  Meanwhile, perhaps you should
    take your own advice and not be so eager to blame.

  • face March 6, 2017 (9:51 am)

    It would be great if we could levy some funds to send the folks back to where they came from. Not being a butthead but we need to start reducing the problem. West Seattle has been a heaven for theft and car prowling. I, myself, have been the victim twice with nothing in my vehicle.

    I would like to challenge everyone to work together to come up with a solution so we can reclaim our hood. I have some ideas and sure others do- is there a forum or a place we can all participate?

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