WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: 2 reader reports

From the WSB inbox:

MAILBOX PROWLER: The video is from Ryan, who explains: “Sharing video of attempted porch pirates operating pretty brazenly on 48th in Seaview. Sent in to SPD but sharing for awareness.”

ABANDONED CAR: Kate says two stolen cars have been dumped in front of her house and wonders if this is the third:

She says, “This Honda Accord is haphazardly parked on the 3200 block of 44th Ave SW. It’s been here a couple weeks and doesn’t belong to any of the neighbors we’ve talked to. Also looks like the front end is damaged.”

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14 Replies to "WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: 2 reader reports"

  • Dave July 16, 2021 (9:20 pm)

    I tried to report an abandoned car recently.  No longer possible on line in Seattle.  The phone number, if called, simply states, “The 72 hour rule is no longer enforced.  Goodbye.”  

    • WSB July 16, 2021 (9:30 pm)

      Generally if you call in an abandoned vehicle, you’d want to stress any evidence you see that it might be stolen or that someone might be in danger. Or if it’s illegally parked – parking enforcement officers are definitely being dispatched; I hear that all the time. But otherwise, given anecdotes like yours, we’ll be publishing more sightings like these just in case it helps somebody get their car back (or clears up the mystery with somebody coming forward and saying “that’s mine and I just haven’t driven it in a month”) … TR

  • Karen July 16, 2021 (9:45 pm)

    I’ve had luck with Find It Fix It App

  • Seeking a friend for the end of the world July 16, 2021 (9:59 pm)


  • fe July 16, 2021 (11:12 pm)

    I believe I have seen that Accord quite a bit around that area. I think it belongs to someone a block over but I can’t confirm. I doubt it’s anything to worry about and I’m sure the owner will move it soon.

  • aa July 17, 2021 (8:31 am)

    I find the fact that the city is not enforcing the 72-hr rule disappointing.  I assume it has to to with their policy toward not bothering people living in their cars, etc. due to Covid?  To stop enforcing altogether misses the point that there are other reasons that cars are sitting parked that still need to be addressed.  It’s these kind of blanket decisions that make no sense to me.  In my opinion, we can’t stop looking  at problems simply because they may has some connection to the homeless population.  Life is never on hold. 

    • Brenda Scallon July 17, 2021 (1:24 pm)

      Not ticketing cars parked more than 72 hours has as much to do with people working from home and not moving their cars as often, as it does homeless people “living” in their cars. We’re still in the middle of a pandemic so original blanket decisions like 72 hour parking limits are waved while the focus is on more pressing concerns. I applaud the WSBlog for offering a good work around in the interim.

      • Trudy s July 19, 2021 (11:37 pm)

        With a blanket no I for cement policy how can we then address dumped cars, possibly stolen cars? Is there a way to still this or does an all or nothing rule leave people with dumped cars in their neighborhoods no way to have them removed and as no report is done no way for those who reported the care stolen to find out where they are/get them back? 

      • Trudy s July 19, 2021 (11:39 pm)

        I agree. Thank you west Seattle blog for giving us a place to connect, to try to problem solve these issues is lost/stolen and found items.

  • Tanej July 17, 2021 (8:43 am)

    We had one dumped on our block of 35th (at Dakota) 3 weeks ago.  The horn alarm BLARED for over an hour before the battery died.  The car is still here.

  • Scubafrog July 17, 2021 (9:33 am)

    I’m sure SPD is on the case(s)!

  • Dale Swanson July 17, 2021 (11:44 am)

    https://www.nicb.org/vincheckCheck the VIN to see if its reported stolen. 

  • WSCurmudgeon July 17, 2021 (5:33 pm)

    Here’s the correct VIN Check URL:


  • C July 17, 2021 (6:46 pm)

    There has been a car parked/abandoned (w/4 slashed tires) in front my father-in-laws house in Ballard for 10 weeks. 10 Weeks!!! 

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