WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: More car prowls, mail theft

Anecdotally – judging by the reader reports we’re getting – seems like a busy week for car prowlers. Two more reports start this West Seattle Crime Watch roundup:

IN SEAVIEW: From D: “We’ve had 3 nights of car prowlers on 46th Ave between Graham and Raymond. We just had a block meeting with neighbors but wanted to give a shout out to other neighbors who might be next.”

VIA TEXT: Received this morning:

Thought I’d say I live in the 7300 block of 16th Ave SW; my car was had almost everything missing, taken when I left to go to work, just now realized. :( so sad, it’s just an old piece of dirt car with all my work items … among other things (that) got taken.

MAIL THEFT: From Michelle:

We live on 20th Ave SW between Thistle and Elmgrove. (Tuesday) night, someone figured out a way to pry open our sturdy locking mailbox. They stole a small package containing a new watch my father-in-law mailed to my husband. Other mail was stolen including birthday cards for our son. We called the non-emergency line and a policeman came out pretty quickly.

We usually pick up mail daily but missed Tuesday. This is the third time we’ve had mail stolen and thought the locking mailbox would deter thieves. The last time this happened, the police recovered our mail from the home of a woman they arrested for stealing identities and committing other fraud. It was a
painful process to restore identity.

Michelle says they’ve “started researching secure mailboxes and security cameras.”

5 Replies to "WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: More car prowls, mail theft"

  • Phil August 29, 2019 (2:25 pm)

    I replaced my “broken into” locking mailbox with an Oasis three way lock.  The design of the door makes it hard to pry and the door is secured in three places (plus the hinge) by the equivalent of deadbolts.

    • Michelle August 29, 2019 (9:09 pm)

      Thank you for the recommendation, Phil! I’ll look into Oasis. 

  • AN August 29, 2019 (3:56 pm)

    Michelle,Do you have the “informed delivery” app? I doesn’t keep thieves away but it does show you what you should be expecting in the mail that day. I love this because if it’s just junk then I sometimes don’t bother getting the mail. If you are expecting something important then you can look to see if it was delivered that day.Get it for free…..

    • Michelle August 29, 2019 (9:13 pm)

      Cool! I didn’t know about this app. Thanks!

  • Swede. August 29, 2019 (9:24 pm)

    Apparently some break-in must been a ‘success’ in the neighborhood because I found an empty Glock case (no gun, but everything else they come with was still in it…) thrown in the alley behind ‘New Luck Toy’ yesterday morning… 

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