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              • Denise Gloster
                South Precinct Email Community Newsletter October 23, 2006 Dear Community Friends: Block Watch 101 Over the past few months, I’ve had numerous conversations
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                  South Precinct Email Community Newsletter
                  October 23, 2006
                   
                   
                   
                  Dear Community Friends:
                   
                  Block Watch 101
                   
                  Over the past few months, I’ve had numerous conversations with folks regarding Block Watch.  There seems to be some concern over what Block Watch is and confusion about what it is not.  So, we present Block Watch 101: What Block Watch Is.
                   

                  What Block Watch Is

                  Block Watch is a national program that is based on the principle that neighbors working together are the first and best line of defense against crime.  Seattle’s Block Watch program began in 1972 and the police department’s Crime Prevention Coordinators lend support to neighborhood block watch efforts.  Roughly 30% of Seattle neighborhoods are currently involved in Block Watch, compared to a national average of around 10%.
                   
                  Block Watch can be stripped down to three elements: awareness, communication and commitment to watch out for each other.  Block Watch is about being aware of what’s going on in the neighborhood.  It’s about communicating with each other and with police when you see something suspicious or that seems out of place for your block.  And it’s agreeing to keep an eye out for each other’s safety and each other’s property. 
                  ·         Awareness - being aware of what’s going on in your neighborhood.  Being aware of who your neighbors are and getting to know them.  Being aware of the public safety concerns – and working to address them. 
                  ·         Communication - Communication with each other and Police.  When you get to know your neighbors, when you become more aware, you’re better able to communicate when something is suspicious or warrants a call to police.  When you know each other, you become more willing to communicate about the suspicious or abnormal.  How do you find out what’s normal?  Get out of your home and engage; get to know your neighbors, talk with each other and alert each other about unruly or suspicious activity.
                  ·         Commitment to watch out for each other - Just as you are more willing to communicate with people you know, you are more likely to be watchful for those with whom you’ve established a relationship.  Think about those you know on your block or in your apartment or condo complex:  Aren’t you more likely to keep an eye out for them?  Wouldn’t you expect them to do the same?
                   
                  Block Watch is really just an extension of what you are probably already doing on an informal basis, and what many neighborhoods have done for years.  If there is some activity in your neighborhood that is unruly, doesn’t fit or is suspicious (and only you would know what that might be for your neighborhood) communicate that with neighbors and with police.  You tell your neighbors so they can be aware and watchful of the activity that caused your concern.  You tell the police so that we can do something about it. 

                   

                  Block Watch involves commitment.  It is a commitment to be concerned about your neighbor's property as well as your own, and a commitment that when you see suspicious activity, you will take action by calling your neighbors and 9-1-1(when warranted).

                   
                  Next Time, Block Watch 102 - What Block Watch is not.
                   
                  Until Then, Take Care And Stay Safe!
                   
                  Mark Solomon,  South Precinct Crime Prevention Coordinator


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                        • Denise Gloster
                          South Precinct Email Community Newsletter April 4, 2007 Dear Community Friends, Domestic Violence This week we have seen local and national news reports that
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                            South Precinct Email Community Newsletter
                            April 4, 2007
                             
                            Dear Community Friends,
                             

                            Domestic Violence

                            This week we have seen local and national news reports that have brought the issue of domestic violence to the forefront.
                            ·         On Monday, April 2, 32007, Rebecca Griego was shot and killed by her ex-boyfriend, Jonathan Rowan.  Griego had a restraining order against Rowan as he had repeatedly threatened her during and after their on-and-off relationship.  He stalked and harassed her and her family.  Though she had moved and changed her phone number, Rowan continued to call her at work.  Co-workers were advised of the situation and told to watch out for him.  Even with that, Rowan went to Griego’s place of employment at the University of Washington, shot her as she was alone in her office, then shot himself.
                            ·         On Tuesday, April 3, 2007, Clara Riddles, of College Park, Georgia, was fatally shot by her ex-boyfriend, Arthur Mann, at the CNN Center complex in Atlanta.  Witnesses saw Mann pulling Riddles by her hair.  Riddles was screaming, trying to wrestle free of Mann.  Witnesses said Riddles appeared to be shot at point-blank range, “…like he [Mann] had the gun right on top of her head and shot her."  Mann was subsequently shot by a security officer, is currently in a hospital in stable condition, and has been charged with Riddles’ murder.
                             
                            Domestic violence is the ugly elephant in the room that nobody really wants to talk about.  Much domestic abuse goes unreported.  The victims (or as I prefer to refer to them as – the survivors) may feel shamed, trapped, or afraid.  While many of us may think, “just leave.”  Think about the above examples.  These women did everything they could.  They got out, they had retraining orders, they moved on.  Unfortunately, the ex-boyfriends did not.  It is a fact that a person is far more likely to be assaulted, abused, or raped by someone they know, have trusted or live with than they are by a stranger.  In most instances, the victims or survivors have options.  There is assistance for those who want or need it, and there is always something that can be done.
                             
                            Seattle Police Response to Domestic Violence
                            Seattle Police respond to domestic violence calls more than any other person-to-person crime.  A domestic violence call is dispatched with the highest priority because of the potential for harm or death.  Once at the scene of the domestic violence call, if there is evidence of physical assault, the abuser will be arrested, removed from the scene and charged with domestic violence Assault.  Arrest and removal of the abuser is mandatory per Washington state law.
                             
                            Further, Seattle is one of the only police departments in the country that has a dedicated Domestic Violence Investigations unit.  The detectives in this unit consider their work “Murder Prevention.”  That should give you an idea of how serious they take the issue.
                             
                            Additionally, Seattle has a unique program called the Domestic Violence Victim Support Team.  The Victim Support Team is a partnership between community volunteers and police.  The program is designed to address the gap in services for domestic violence victims that often occurs over the weekend, working with the survivors from the time patrol officers respond to a domestic violence call to the time advocates, detectives and prosecutors make contact with the victim(s) for follow up.  Victim Support Team volunteers provide crisis intervention, safety planning, help locating emergency resources, transportation to a safe location, and referrals to over 100 community agencies.  For more information about the Victim Support Team, or to get involved, please call (206) 684-7721.
                             
                            There are a number of state, local and national domestic violence resources.  If you know those who need assistance, good starting points are the King County Coalition Against Domestic Violence website (www.kcadv.org) or call the Washington State Domestic Violence hotline: 1-800-562-6025.
                             
                            Until next time, Take Care and Stay Safe!
                            Mark Solomon, South Precinct Crime Prevention Coordinator


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                          • Denise Gloster
                            South Precinct Email Community Newsletter April 18, 2007 Dear Community Friends, Crime Terminology Here’s a summation of a number of conversations I’ve
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                              South Precinct Email Community Newsletter
                              April 18, 2007
                               
                               
                               
                              Dear Community Friends,
                               

                              Crime Terminology

                               
                              Here’s a summation of a number of conversations I’ve had:
                              Crime Victim (CV): I’ve been robbed!
                              Mark (M): Really?  Tell me what happened.
                              CV:  Well, I went to the store and someone came in through the garage and robbed me.  They took my laptop and some jewelry.  In broad daylight!
                              M:  Actually, you weren’t robbed.  You were burglarized.
                              CV:  What?  What difference does it make?  Someone stole my stuff!
                              M:  Okay, on that we can agree. 
                               
                              The reason I point this out is because for law enforcement, there is a difference between Robbery, Home Invasion Robbery, Burglary, Trespass and Theft.  When you talk to law enforcement or call 911, the language you use makes a difference.  So, with that introduction out of the way, I’m going to give you the plain language definitions of each term.
                               
                              Trespass is when someone enters physical property, not his or her own, without permission.  It could be a parking lot, a business, or somebody’s yard.  If that person does not have permission to go there, or has not been given implicit permission because of the type of business (a fast food place, for example) the person is trespassing.  If the person is told they are trespassing and is asked to leave, if they refuse to leave, that person can be arrested for trespassing.
                               
                              Burglary is when someone enters physical property, not his or her own, without permission, with the intent to commit a crime.  The crime could be to take belongings from the property (i.e. theft), or against a person within the property (i.e. assault).  This could be a residence (residential burglary), a place of business (commercial burglary), a detached storage shed or garage (kinda counts as residential), or even a public storage unit or storage yard (kinda more commercial).  It doesn’t matter if force is used to gain entry, if someone was home at the time (in the case of a residential burglary) and it doesn’t matter is something is stolen.  The unlawful entry of the property with intent to commit a crime is burglary.  For the record, most residential burglaries occur during the day, (when most folks are away at work) and most commercial burglaries occur at night (when most workers are at their residence).
                               
                              Robbery is the physical taking of property from another individual by the use of force or the implied use of force.  An example would be a lady walking down the street and someone comes up from behind, grabs her purse off of her shoulder, and though the lady tries to hang on, the purse is taken anyway; that is a strong-arm robbery, better known as a purse snatch.  Say a guy is walking down the street and another guy comes up to him and says, “give me your wallet,” while showing a knife or other weapon.  That’s an armed robbery, whether the weapon was used or not.  The physical taking of another person’s property through force - or implied use of force - is robbery, whether a weapon is used or not.  Use or implication of a weapon just helps us categorize the “type” of robbery.
                               
                              Theft is when property is taken, period.  Shoplift (taking something from a store without paying for it), auto theft and auto accessory theft (car stereo/CD player) are examples of theft.  One form of theft frequently happens when we go shopping and we leave our belongings (purse, backpack, wallet) unattended.  While we’re busy looking on the bottom shelf for the least expensive oatmeal, someone has taken the purse or backpack, or taken something out of the purse or backpack (wallet, cell phone) without permission, or knowledge, or direct threat or actual use of force.  No one implied a threat or used force to take it from you; no one entered your home or place of business to get it; it was there and they took it.  That’s theft.
                               

                               
                              Home Invasion Robbery is a whole different kind of critter.  A home invasion robbery is when the perpetrators enter the home with the intent of finding someone there.  The perpetrators use weapons and (often) actual violence to get the people in the home to give them money, jewelry and other belongings.  Household members in the home are often restrained, threatened and beaten, and they are often told that if they report the crime to the police, they will be killed.  This is a scary type of occurrence.  Thankfully, it is also extremely rare, which is why it gets so much media attention when it happens.
                               
                              The term “Home Invasion Robbery” is more of a media creation rather than an actual crime, but the term has been widely adopted.  If the perpetrators unlawfully enter the property, the crime is primarily a burglary.  However, the introduction of guns or other dangerous weapons by the perpetrators, and the threat or use of those weapons, allow the crime to be charged as both burglary and robbery in many cases.  If weapons are used, there is a weapons enhancement added at sentencing (which means the suspects will do more time if convicted), and a firearms enhancement if a gun was used – an automatic five year additional sentence if convicted.
                               
                               
                              So, when you call 911 to report a crime, or you talk to police officers about a crime, be sure as to which crime you’re talking about.  If someone entered your residence without your permission sometime over the weekend while you were out of town, don’t call in saying you had a Home Invasion Burglary.  No, you had a burglary.  If someone takes a shopping bag from your car while you were in The Mall doing some more shopping, don’t call 911 to report you were robbed.  No, you had a theft. 
                               
                              I hope this clears things up a bit. 
                               
                               
                              Until next time, Take Care and Stay Safe!
                              Mark Solomon, South Precinct Crime Prevention Coordinator


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                            • Denise Gloster
                              South Precinct Email Community Newsletter June 22, 2007 Dear Community Friends, Recent Arson Activity On Thursday, June 14, 2007, South Seattle experienced
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                                South Precinct Email Community Newsletter
                                June 22, 2007
                                 
                                 
                                Dear Community Friends,
                                 
                                Recent Arson Activity
                                On Thursday, June 14, 2007, South Seattle experienced several arson incidents.  At approximately 6:45 pm, fire was set to the Japanese Presbyterian Church (1800 Block 24th Ave S).  While Arson investigators were at the scene, materials in a dumpster on the 1700 Block of 22nd Ave S. were ignited.  Approximately 10 minutes after that, a sofa was set ablaze behind some businesses on the 2000 block of 21st Ave S.  All of these incidents are under investigation by Arson and Bomb Squad detectives; three people of interest have been identified.  Additionally, at about 10 pm Thursday night, a home on the 1500 Block of 25th Ave S experienced a fire that appeared to start in the basement portion of the home.  Patrol officers did detain a person of interest near the scene, but it cannot be proven that the house fire was deliberately set, nor that it was related to the other fires that occurred in the vicinity. 
                                 
                                On Friday, June 15th, Arson and Bomb Squad detectives conducted a stake out of the U-Haul location on the on the 2500 block of Rainier Ave S.  For about five weeks, this U-Haul location had experienced a number of car prowls, thefts and small fires being set in the engine compartments of their vehicles.  As a result of the stakeout, the detectives arrested the individual responsible.  It has not been determined if this individual is responsible for the arsons that occurred the previous day. 
                                 
                                You may recall two arsons occurred early April 2007 in the Columbia City/Hillman City area.  These two arsons are still open investigations. 

                                 

                                What You Can Do

                                Except for the house fire on the 1500 Block of 25th Ave S, all the fires were started using available combustible materials present at the location and were ignited with a hand held flame.  To help prevent arson, we offer the following tips from the Seattle Fire Department:

                                ·         Lock doors and windows of your home, garage and car.
                                ·         Remove weeds and grass from around your home.
                                ·         Remove any trash, boxes or wood stored next to your home.
                                ·         Lock up gasoline or other liquids that could be used to start a fire.
                                ·         Trim bushes away from doors and windows.
                                ·         Leave outside lights on when it is dark.
                                 
                                As always, if you see suspicious activity, report it to 9-1-1 while it is happening.
                                 
                                Independence Day Celebrations
                                Another safety reminder we want to give you is regarding fireworks.  City of Seattle ordinances prohibit the sale, possession, use, or discharge of all fireworks within city limits (including parks).  Emphasis is placed on fireworks because of: the potential of Injury to persons because of carelessness or maliciousness; damage to property, and; the danger of fire.  Last year, the Seattle Police Department implemented Fireworks Emphasis Teams to enforce the fireworks ban.  Expect to see them this year, enforcing the fireworks ban, confiscating them and arresting violators.  Don’t say I didn’t warn you.
                                 

                                Night Out 2007 Reminder

                                Finally, a reminder about National Night Out Against Crime 2007.  It is Tuesday, August 7th.  To register your block or group for Night Out on-line, go to www.seattle.gov/police/Nightout/Default.htm.  If you want to close your street off, you can indicate that on the registration form.  The deadline to register your group for Night Out is Friday, July 27th. 
                                 
                                Until next time, Take Care and Stay Safe!
                                 
                                Mark Solomon, South Precinct Crime Prevention Coordinator


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                              • Denise Gloster
                                South Precinct Email Community Newsletter August 10, 2007 Dear Community Friends: Who Ya Gonna Call? For immediate police response, use 911
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                                  South Precinct Email Community Newsletter
                                  August 10, 2007
                                   
                                   
                                  Dear Community Friends:
                                   
                                  Who Ya Gonna Call?
                                  For immediate police response, use 911 to report any crime in progress (or one that recently occurred) or suspicious activity.  Examples of what to call about include any incident in which someone is in imminent physical danger (fight disturbance, abuse or assault, robbery), burglary or other property crime that recently occurred.  An easy way to think about it is this: if you want a cop to show up,
                                  Call 911.
                                   
                                  If you don’t need immediate police response, but you want to make a report about something potentially criminal in nature, use our non-emergency number, which is 206.625.5011.  Some examples: a car blocking your driveway; a property crime (burglary/car prowl that happened over the weekend while you were out of town) for which you have no evidence or witnesses; graffiti or vandalism.
                                   
                                  But who do you call when you have an on-going neighborhood issue that is not just a crime issue?  Who do you call when you’ve got a situation that calling 911 is not going to fix?  Who do you call when you a question or concern about police services?  You call the Community Police Team. 
                                   
                                  The Community Police Team (CPT) is a separate unit of officers in each Precinct that works on long term, on-going public safety issues.  CPT members work one-on-one with neighbors, neighborhood groups, businesses and business associations.  CPT Officers often partner with other City, County and State entities to affect neighborhood change.  It is not uncommon for officers to work with the Department of Planning and Development regarding zoning and code enforcement issues, with Seattle Public Utilities regarding illegal dumping and graffiti clean up, with Metro Transit regarding issues at or around bus shelters, or with King County Environmental Health on abandoned properties that have become harborages for rats.  You think of the agency, CPT is probably working with them on some level to positively impact the public safety of a neighborhood.
                                   
                                  Call CPT when you have an issue in your area that cannot be resolved by contacting 911 alone.  Examples include (but are definitely not limited to):  abandoned vehicles; abandoned properties; nuisance properties; concerns regarding disruptive & uncivil behaviors at businesses, and everything from narcotics activity to a safety presentation for pre-schoolers. 
                                   
                                  Your South Precinct Community Police Team Officers.  See the map accompanying this newsletter
                                  ·         Officer Mike Alphin is the point of contact for concerns in the New Holly, Seward Park, Brighton, and Othello Park areas.  233-1540, michael.alphin@...
                                  ·         Officer Ed Haynes covers North Beacon Hill.  233-2023, ed.haynes@...
                                  ·         Officer Don Jones has Mount Baker, Genesee, Columbia City/Hillman City and the Lakewood/ Seward Park area.   233-1548, donald.jones@...
                                  ·         Officer Craig “CJ” McRae, serves the South Beacon Hill, Rainier Beach, upper Rainier Beach and Rainier View neighborhoods.  233-1543, craig.mcrae@...
                                  ·         Officer Mike Bonet works specifically with Seattle Housing Authority High-Rise properties.  These include Barton Place, Center Park and Beacon Tower. 233-1545, michael.bonet@...
                                  ·         If you are not sure to whom you should speak, call the general CPT line at 386-9184.
                                   
                                  So, if these are the people to call about some of the issues listed above, then why do neighbors call me your crime prevention guy?  Stay tuned - that answer and more in our next installment.
                                   
                                   
                                  Until next time, Take Care and Stay Safe!
                                  Mark Solomon, South Precinct Crime Prevention Coordinator


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                                • Denise Gloster
                                  South Precinct Email Community Newsletter October 3, 2007 Dear Community Friends: Graffiti In recent months, there has been a noticeable
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                                    October 3, 2007
                                     
                                      
                                    Dear Community Friends:
                                     
                                    Graffiti
                                    In recent months, there has been a noticeable increase in graffiti vandalism throughout the South Precinct area.  We’ve heard concerns that the graffiti is associated with gangs marking their territory. Rather than the graffiti vandalism being associated with gang activity, it appears to us to be more individual tagger vandalism.  Tagger graffiti represents the majority of the graffiti on our streets today.
                                     
                                    The majority of tagging occurs between the hours of midnight and six in the morning.  And while some Taggers justify what they do by calling their graffiti “art,” going out at night alone or with others to write, paint, scratch or etch on someone else’s property is at-risk behavior and a crime.  In Seattle, it is estimated that millions of dollars are spent each year to paint out or remove graffiti.
                                     
                                    Graffiti is Vandalism.  It is not art; it is a crime.  It is property damage, not free artistic expression.  Graffiti affects the public safety of a neighborhood because if it is allowed to flourish, many people have a sense that the neighborhood is unsafe, and if they don’t feel safe, they’ll stop going to that neighborhood.  When that happens, the negative, more criminal, less civil elements take over.  Unchecked graffiti is a contributing factor the public safety of a community and how people feel about their community.
                                     
                                    If you can’t tell, graffiti really gets on my nerves.
                                     
                                     
                                    Ways You Can Personally Take Control Of Graffiti In Your Neighborhood:
                                    1.      If you see graffiti vandalism in progress, call 911. 
                                    2.      When graffiti appears, whether on your private property or on city/government property, make a police report.  Call the Seattle Police Department’s non-emergency number, 206-625-5011.
                                    3.      Call the Graffiti Hot Line 206-684-7587 to report graffiti on public or private property, including Metro bus stops/shelters.
                                    4.      After you report the graffiti vandalism, remove or paint over it immediately.  This will help prevent more graffiti.  For FREE paint, call Seattle Public Utilities Re-Use Store at 206-386-4093.  They are located at 3641 2nd Ave S., Seattle, 98134.
                                    5.      Ask merchants in your neighborhood to remove graffiti from their buildings.  Thank those who remove it quickly.
                                    6.      Work with property and business owners.  Let them know they have been vandalized if the were unaware (“Hey, did you know there’s graffiti on the back of your fence?”)  Offer to help paint it out.
                                    7.      Organize a graffiti paint out.  Many chamber of commerce and merchants’ associations have done this in the past.  For those of you who are members of chambers of commerce, merchant associations, community groups or block watches, devote some time to getting rid of the graffiti in your neighborhood.  Contact Seattle Public utilities Graffiti Hotline at 206-684-7587.  They have all the supplies you need to keep your block graffiti free.
                                    8.       Tell Children "Graffiti is a crime."
                                     
                                    We want to work with you to eliminate graffiti vandalism in our neighborhoods.
                                     
                                     
                                    Until next time, Take Care and Stay Safe!
                                    Mark Solomon, South Precinct Crime Prevention Coordinator


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                                      South Precinct Email Community Newsletter November 29, 2007 Dear Community Friends: Sexual Assaults A pattern of actual or attempted sexual
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                                        South Precinct Email Community Newsletter
                                        November 29, 2007
                                         
                                         
                                        Dear Community Friends:
                                         

                                        Sexual Assaults

                                        A pattern of actual or attempted sexual assaults against Asian women has been noted in the South Precinct area.  They date back several months, the most recent occurring the morning of November 28th.  The frequency of the assaults has increased, as has the level of aggression as the suspect has progressed from groping from behind to attempting to drag the victim away to continue the sexual assault. 
                                         
                                        The assaults have most often occurred as the women have exited a Metro bus and are on their way home or on their way to the bus in the morning.  The suspect has attacked along routes served by the Metro bus routes of the 7, 32 and 36.  It is possible that the suspect rides the bus with the victims and follows them off or watches bus stops.  The events have primarily happened during the weekday with the majority of assaults occurring on Tuesdays & Wednesday.  While the vast majority of events occurred during evening hours, a few of the attacks occurred in the early morning hours. 
                                         
                                        The suspect has been described as a black male, late teens to early 30s, 5’9”, thin to medium build, medium to dark complexion.  The suspect often wears a hooded sweatshirt or otherwise attempts to conceal his face.  As the suspect often attacks the victims from behind, distinct suspect information has been lacking because often the victims do not get a good look at the suspect.
                                         
                                        An additional complication we face is that many of the victims have been reluctant to speak with detectives in the Sexual Assault Unit to provide further information.  In some cases, where the suspect grabbed the woman’s rear, the victims didn’t feel it was serious enough to report because “all he did was grope me.  No big deal” 
                                         
                                        Additionally, many victims have not responded to detectives’ requests for additional information or victim statements, making it difficult to obtain definitive suspect information or identification. 
                                         
                                        Given this, it is possible that more attacks and more serious assaults have occurred, but have not been reported.  This is extremely troubling because the suspect is increasing his frequency of attacks and the attacks are becoming more aggressive.  If allowed to continue, we expect the attacks to become even more violent.
                                         
                                        We need to identify this individual and get him off the street.
                                         

                                        What You Can Do

                                        On the second page of this newsletter, I’ve included some general personal safety tips as well as personal safety tips while using public transportation. 
                                         

                                        REPORT IT!!

                                        We urge anyone who has been the victim of a crime to be as forthcoming and cooperative as possible with the responding officers and investigating detectives.  Any additional information can be helpful in identifying and apprehending the perpetrator(s) of the crime.  Conversely, not disclosing information for whatever reason (thinking it’s no big deal, shame or embarrassment, cultural pressures and considerations) can hinder the investigation.
                                         
                                        If you have any information which may help us identify and apprehend the individual, please contact Detective Keith Savas of our Sexual Assault and Child Abuse Unit at 206.684.5361, email: keith.savas@...
                                         
                                        Until next time, Take Care and Stay Safe!
                                        Mark Solomon, South Precinct Crime Prevention Coordinator

                                         
                                         
                                         
                                        GENERAL PERSONAL SAFETY
                                        ·          Trust your instincts!  Don’t ignore your gut feeling or early danger signals.  If a situation appears unsafe, look for avenues of escape.
                                        ·          Stay alert.  Scan your surroundings; make brief eye contact with those around you.  Send the message that you’re aware of what’s going on around you.
                                        ·          Before you leave home, decide what you actually need to take with you rather than automatically taking your entire handbag or wallet out of habit.  For example, if you are going to the grocery store for a few items, you can carry cash, a single check, or credit/debit card, I.D. and keys in a pocket.
                                        ·          When you’re out, pay attention to the present moment.  If you are in an area that has a history of trouble or an area with which you are unfamiliar, maintain a mild state of suspicion.  Stay alert!
                                        ·          If the situation or the area is a safety concern, keep someone informed of your moves.  Consider carrying a cellular phone.
                                        ·          Know what you’re capable of doing.  Are you capable of screaming, running or fighting?  Have a plan!  What would you do if you were attacked?
                                        ·          Don’t take unnecessary risks.  If you feel a location or a situation is unsafe – get out.
                                        ·          If possible, when on the street or out and about, travel with another person.
                                        ·          If something or someone makes you feel uncomfortable, give yourself permission to do something about it.  Cross the street or go into a store.  Let someone know that you feel someone’s following you, if that’s what your gut tells you.  Don’t be afraid to draw attention to yourself or your situation.
                                        ·         SPOT AND AVOID POTENTIAL TROUBLE.  Learn to be aware of your surroundings and know who is around you.  If another person makes you feel uncomfortable ask yourself, why?  Is the person too close?  Are they watching you?  Are they trying to engage you in conversation for no apparent reason?  Listen to your inner feelings and then act on them.  You may decide to cross the street, move to a location where there are more people, go into a store or business, or ask for help.
                                         
                                         
                                        PERSONAL SAFETY AND PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION
                                        When taking public transportation:
                                        ·         Keep bus schedules of frequently traveled routes and plan ahead to minimize waiting time.
                                        ·         Choose the “safest” bus stop you can.  Usually the best choice is a stop on a main street that is well lit with lots of traffic and people around.
                                        ·         Be very aware when waiting for and/or exiting a bus.  Many of the attacks have occurred as a person was waiting at a bus shelter or soon after he/she exited a bus.
                                        ·         If there is a shelter at your bus stop, use it but do not huddle in the back or corner.  Panhandlers, troublemakers and criminals are attracted to someone who doe not have an easy exit.
                                        ·         If possible, sit near the front of the bus, near or within easy view of the driver.  If you are close to the driver you are less likely to be harassed.  If someone does bother or frighten you with their behavior, move to another seat as soon as you can.  If it continues let the driver and other passengers know.
                                        ·          Avoid sleeping, cleaning out your pockets, balancing checkbooks etc.  If you read, look up periodically.
                                        ·          Always keep positive control of your items.


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                                      • Denise Gloster
                                        South Precinct Email Community Newsletter December 13, 2007 Dear Community Friends: Crime Prevention During The Holidays During the
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                                          December 13, 2007
                                           
                                           
                                          Dear Community Friends:
                                           
                                          Crime Prevention During The Holidays
                                          During the holiday season, we often see a spike in certain crime types.  For example, neighbors have reported that they have had packages (gifts for others) delivered to their home only to find that the packages were stolen off the porch.  Others have had items stolen from their cars.  While car prowl is nothing new, it does seem to escalate when there are packages clearly visible in the car. 
                                          This extended newsletter focuses on safety and security during the holiday season.  These recommendations will hopefully reduce your risk of being a crime victim during this time of year.
                                           
                                          Prevention Tips While Shopping
                                          ·         Take a friend along when doing holiday shopping.  Using the buddy system reduces your chances of being a victim of robbery.
                                          ·         When paying by cash, only take out the amount needed and keep the remainder out of view.  It’s always a good idea to carry minimal amounts of cash, regardless of the time of year.
                                          ·         Don’t tempt a thief by leaving your purse, wallet or packages unattended.  It only takes a second to grab them.
                                          ·         Beware of strangers who bump, shove or get too close.  Pickpockets may use these diversions to lift your wallet.
                                          ·         Be cautious of those you don’t know who offer to carry bags and packages for you.  Depending on where you shop, store personnel or mall security may offer assistance in carrying packages to your car or escorting you to your vehicle.
                                          ·         If you have to return to your car to store purchases, place them in the trunk out of sight.  Do this when you get to your car, rather than waiting until you park at your next stop.  Gifts and other valuables should never be left in clear view.
                                          ·         Before returning to your car, make sure you’re not over-burdened with packages. Have your car keys in hand to avoid “searching” for them when you reach your car.
                                           
                                          When Using an ATM
                                          ·         Only take out the amount you need, rather than the maximum you can get.
                                          ·         Don’t walk away from the cash machine counting your money.  That’s an invitation to someone who may not have the best of intentions in mind.
                                          ·         Beware of strangers hanging around the ATM.  Wait until they leave, or consider using an alternate cash machine.  You should report suspicious people to bank personnel, mall security and/or police.
                                          ·         Secure your money and your bankcard or credit card back in your wallet or pocket before leaving the ATM.
                                          ·         Always keep your PIN number separate from your bank and/or credit card.
                                           
                                          Prevention Tips At Home
                                          ·         Don’t openly display your Christmas tree and gifts in the front window so it’s easily visible from the street.  You increase the possibility that a burglar will be tempted to gain entry and steal the gifts.
                                          ·         When disposing of the packaging in which gifts and other purchases come, realize that when you place these out for recycling or trash collection, those boxes sitting out on the curb on collection day give a passer-by a pretty good indication of what’s in your home.  Recycle the packaging, yes - but break the boxes down first, put them inside out so the exterior writing does not show, and don’t put them on the curb until collection day. 
                                          ·         If you have ordered items and are going to have them delivered, consider having them delivered to your place of business rather than your home.  This reduces the opportunity for packages to be left unattended on your porch and therefore an enticing target for thieves. 

                                           
                                           
                                           
                                           
                                          ·         Burglars often enter through unlocked doors or windows.  When exterior Christmas light extension cords are run inside through a window, this prevents the window from being secured, and this unsecured window is visibly noticeable.  Consider installing an inexpensive exterior outlet for your holiday lights so you don’t provide an opened and unlocked entry to your home.
                                           
                                          Traveling Away For The Holidays
                                          ·         Let your trusted neighbors know that you plan to be out town so that they can watch your home for you.  If they see suspicious activity while you are gone, they will know to call 911 for you.
                                          ·         Have the Post Office hold your mail.
                                          ·         Don’t leave descriptive telephone answering machine messages, such as; “You’ve reached the Wilson’s.  We’re away skiing for the holidays and won’t be back until….”  Strangers don’t need to know your schedule or that your home is going to be unoccupied for an extended length of time.  Bad guys love to hear that they have plenty of time to break in and ransack your home.
                                           

                                          Holiday Parties

                                          ·         If you will be hosting a party, establish a guest list and greet your guests at the door.  Be careful when opening your home to “uninvited guests.”
                                          ·         Balance the desire to want to show off your valuables and treasures with security consciousness.  Put easily portable valuable items out of sight.  This will reduce the threat that they may be stolen.  Also, with those items stored away, your guests won’t inadvertently mention the priceless items they have seen to others.
                                          ·         If you are going to be serving liquor, do it responsibly!  Have a good selection of non-alcoholic beverages to offer.  Serve coffee, tea and water as the party winds down.  No one really needs “One for the Road.”
                                          ·         If a friend has had too much to drink, insist on making other arrangements for getting them home safely, or offer to let them stay overnight.  Remember: Drunk Drivers are dangerous to themselves and others.
                                          ·         Do Not Drink And Drive Yourself!
                                          If you attend a Holiday Party and over indulged, take a cab, have someone give you a ride home, ensure you have a designated driver, or impose upon your hosts to let you stay there and rest a while.  Better for you to crash on their couch than into someone else.
                                           
                                          A Word On Charities
                                          ·         Be cautious of those going door-to-door collecting for charities.  Ask to see an ID that identifies them with that charity.  Never give cash.  Please report suspicious people.  If your instincts tell you “something is not right,” it probably isn’t.  Call 911 or our non-emergency number (206) 625-5011 to report the incident.
                                           
                                           
                                          We wish you a happy and joyous Holiday Season.  Peace, prosperity and good health to you and yours this Season and in the coming New Year.
                                           
                                           
                                           
                                          Take Care and Stay Safe!
                                           
                                          Mark Solomon, SPD South Precinct Crime Prevention
                                           


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                                          South Precinct Email Community Newsletter January 17, 2008 Dear Community Friends: South Precinct Grows Welcome to 2008. With the New Year
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                                            Dear Community Friends:
                                             

                                            South Precinct Grows

                                            Welcome to 2008.  With the New Year comes other change.  Effective January 9, 2008, the South Precinct area of responsibility increased.  The precinct boundaries have expanded to include Georgetown and part of the SODO area.  With the expansion of the Precinct boundaries and the inclusion of those communities, we’ve also realigned our patrol sectors and beats.  The attached map shows the new patrol sectors and the Community Police Team officers areas of assignment. 
                                             
                                            These changes are a result of the Neighborhoods Policing Initiative.  In sum, the goals of the initiative are:
                                            ·         To make officers available at the times and on the days when they are most needed. 
                                            ·         Faster response times and ability to do more proactive problem solving.
                                            ·         A more balanced, flexible and effective deployment of patrol officers
                                            Specific priorities for South Precinct include special emphasis patrols along the Rainier corridor, youth and gang related activities, and Georgetown weekend emphasis to address early morning property crimes.
                                             
                                            Community Police Team
                                            Community Police Team (CPT) is a separate unit of officers in each Precinct that works on long term, on-going public safety issues.  The Precinct realignment affects the areas of responsibilities for the CPT officers that serve you.  Please see the attached map for the CPT officer areas of assignment.
                                             
                                            Your South Precinct Community Police Team Officers.
                                            ·         Mike Alphin is the point of contact for concerns in the New Holly and Brighton neighborhoods. 
                                            ·         Gary Davenport works specifically with Seattle Housing Authority high-rise properties.  These include Barton Place, Center Park and Beacon Tower.  233-1545, gary.davenport@...
                                            ·         Ed Haynes covers the northern half of Beacon Hill.  233-2023, ed.haynes@...
                                            ·         Don Jones has Mount Baker, Genesee, Columbia City/Hillman City and the Lakewood/Seward Park communities.   233-1548, donald.jones@...
                                            ·         Craig “CJ” McRae, serves the Rainier Beach, upper Rainier Beach and Rainier View neighborhoods.
                                            233-1543, craig.mcrae@...
                                            ·         Sylvia Parker serves the Georgetown, South Beacon Hill and south SODO areas.  386-1859, sylvia.parker@...
                                            ·         Officer’s Alphin & McRae share responsibility for the Othello Station, Othello Park, Pritchard and Dunlap neighborhoods.
                                            ·         If you are not sure to whom you should speak, call the general CPT line: 386-9180.
                                             

                                            Welcome Sgt. Martin

                                            We’re proud to welcome Sgt. Ann Martin as the South Precinct Community Police Team Sergeant.  Sgt. Martin comes to the South Precinct from the East Precinct where she was a Patrol sergeant and sergeant of the East Precinct’s Bicycle squad.  Sgt. Martin is a 27-year veteran of the police department, 17 years of which was spent in the Traffic (Motorcycle) section. Sgt. Steve Daman, the outgoing CPT Sergeant, now leads the South Burglary and Juvenile Detectives section.
                                             
                                            New Web Page
                                            The Seattle Police Department’s web page has a new look and new features.  Please go to http://seattle.gov/police/ to see for yourself.  In addition, the Department has launched new web pages for each precinct.  The South Precinct site, http://seattle.gov/police/precincts/South/default.htm, has a wealth of Precinct specific information that is updated on a regular basis.  We welcome any feedback you have and look forward to your suggestions as to how we can improve our web presence. 
                                             
                                            Until next time, Take Care and Stay Safe!    Mark Solomon, South Precinct Crime Prevention Coordinator


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                                          • Denise Gloster
                                            South Precinct Email Community Newsletter April 15, 2008 Dear Community Friends: Graffiti Graffiti is marking, drawing, etching (or
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                                              Dear Community Friends:
                                               
                                              Graffiti
                                              Graffiti is marking, drawing, etching (or other methods) on public or private property without the owner’s permission, usually done by a person or group seeking recognition.  Graffiti is a crime of Vandalism as it results in property damage.  Several months ago, we reported there had been a marked increase in graffiti vandalism.  Unfortunately, graffiti incidents have been on the rise, which is why we are revisiting this issue.
                                               
                                              “Tagger” graffiti (writing the name or “tag” of the individual who put it up) represents the majority of the graffiti on our streets.  However, we are also seeing increases in gang related graffiti (gangs “laying claim” to territory or sending a message to rival gangs).  This increase in both tagger and gang-related graffiti has been noted city wide, not just in South Seattle .  In fact, the North Precinct has had nearly four times as many incidents of graffiti vandalism in the first quarter of 2008 than the South Precinct has experienced.  This vandalism occurs mostly in the later evening/early morning hours. 
                                               
                                              Most of us feel more afraid about the gang graffiti because of the intent behind it.  The key is that graffiti needs to be removed regardless of it being gang related, a tag or a mural piece.  It’s still property damage and needs to be treated as such.  The motive behind the graffiti is not important; removing it is. 
                                               
                                              Who’s responsible for the increase?  The bottom line is that graffiti vandalism is being committed by our youth, not by outsiders.  Know who your children are hanging out with and when.  If they are spending many late night hours somewhere other than home, find out where and ask yourself why.  Know what they are doing.  If your kid has several cans of spray paint, find out what they’re doing with it.  Hold them accountable.
                                               
                                              What follows are some graffiti prevention tips and resource information.  This information is courtesy of Seattle Public Utilities.  Seattle Public Utilities is the City agency responsible for addressing litter, illegal dumping and graffiti complaints.
                                               
                                              Prevent Graffiti - Make your property hard to vandalize
                                              ·         Remove or paint over the graffiti immediately.  Removing graffiti promptly is the best way to prevent it from occurring again. 
                                              ·         Install improved lighting and motion sensitive lighting
                                              ·         Create barriers using vegetation or fencing to ward off potential graffiti vandals.
                                              ·         Use materials and surfaces that make graffiti vandalism difficult.  Apply a clear coat finish to protect painted and unpainted surfaces and use protective film coverings on windows.
                                              ·         Conduct weekly inspections to help prevent graffiti on your property and in your community.
                                              ·         Move dumpsters to the ends of the alleys to reduce graffiti.  Call dumpster companies and ask them to keep graffiti off dumpsters. (Their phone number is usually on the dumpster.)
                                               
                                              Report Graffiti
                                              ·         If you see graffiti vandalism in progress, call 911.  Graffiti vandals must be caught in the act to be prosecuted.
                                              ·         When graffiti appears, whether on your private property or on city/government property, make a police report.  Call the Seattle Police Department’s non-emergency number, 206-625-5011.
                                              ·         Call the City’s Graffiti Hotline (206) 684-7587, to report graffiti on public property (street signs, retaining walls, poles, traffic control boxes, parking meters, bridges, mailboxes, etc.), or graffiti that has not been removed from private property.  Be sure to indicate the exact location.
                                              ·         When graffiti appears on your home, apartment building, or business, take a photo of it to document for insurance purposes.

                                               
                                               
                                               
                                              Remove Graffiti on Private Property
                                              ·         Quickly removing graffiti is the best way to discourage graffiti vandals.  Allowing graffiti to remain invites the vandals to return and do the same to other properties in the area.  Property with graffiti that is not removed in a reasonable amount of time may be subject to fines under the Graffiti Nuisance Ordinance.
                                              ·         Get free paint.  Gray, white, or beige recycle latex paint, is distributed through the Household Hazardous Waste Program. Call (206) 386-4093 and specify the color and amount you need.
                                              ·         Volunteer to paint out graffiti on private property in your neighborhood.  Business, community, and service groups may apply for a Litter & Graffiti matching fund grant.  For more information call (206) 386-9746.
                                               

                                              Prevent More Graffiti

                                              It’s very frustrating to paint over graffiti on your property, only to have it vandalized again.  The two best ways to paint out graffiti that will discourage further vandalism:
                                              ·         The BEST way - Repaint the entire wall.  Or paint from the ground up over the graffiti (making a straight line across the top) with a color that matches the wall.  This leaves no trace of graffiti and does not draw the attention of the vandals.  This method is 10 times more effective than patching.
                                              ·         When it is not possible to paint the entire wall, use a closely matched color blocked over the graffiti in neat, square shapes.  The closer the color match, the more effective it is in preventing further vandalism.
                                               
                                               
                                              Resource Information All phone numbers begin with area code (206), except where noted.
                                               
                                              Report GRAFFITI:
                                              in progress:                                               911
                                              on your property                                        625-5011
                                              on public and private property:                  684-7587
                                              on Metro Transit property              684-1800
                                              on Seattle Parks property             684-7250
                                              Seattle Public Utilities Graffiti Rangers, and removal crews from other departments such as Transportation and Parks, remove graffiti from City property.  Consistent with the Graffiti Nuisance Ordinance, the City strives to meet the 10-day timetable for removing graffiti from its property
                                              on City signs                                             386-1206
                                              on City bridges & retaining walls  386-4251
                                              on Freeways                                             (425) 822-4163
                                              (WA State Dept of Transportation)
                                               
                                              Adopt-A-Street Program                                 684-7647
                                              Free paint & removal information                   386-4093
                                              Historic Buildings                                            684-0228
                                               
                                               
                                              Online Graffiti report form:
                                               

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                                              South Precinct Email Community Newsletter May 20, 2008 Dear Community Friends: Warm Weather Security Tips It’s that time of year that we
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                                                May 20, 2008
                                                 
                                                Dear Community Friends:
                                                 
                                                Warm Weather Security Tips
                                                It’s that time of year that we review home security tips for the warm weather months.  We do this on a continuing basis for a few reasons:
                                                1)      A large number of burglaries and thefts occur year-round via opened and/or unlocked doors and windows.  That number dramatically increases during warm weather months because windows are left open for ventilation, even when the home is unoccupied.
                                                2)      Garages and storage sheds are often left opened and unattended while we’re working in our yards.
                                                3)      Personal belongings are often left unattended while at a recreational venue or in vehicles.
                                                 
                                                We want to reiterate some safety tips to help reduce incidents of burglary and theft.
                                                 
                                                Close And Lock Windows; Limit How Far They Can Be Opened
                                                When you are away from home, close and lock your windows.  If you want to leave windows open enough for ventilation, use a dowel for sliding glass windows cut to a length that prevents the window from being opened more than four inches.  For double hung windows, consider sash pins.  Some windows have stops on the inside track, which prevent them from being opened too far. 
                                                 

                                                Lock Your Doors

                                                Anytime you leave your home, even if it for a very short amount of time, lock your doors.  If you have deadbolt locks, please lock them. 
                                                ·         As always, we advise that you install 3”-4” screws on the strike plates of your exterior doors.  These secure the plates to the jamb and the jamb to the framing of the door.  This essentially makes the bolt from the lock going into the jamb “extend” in to the frame, making a properly locked door more secure.
                                                 

                                                Working In The Yard

                                                When working in the yard in the back of the home, do not leave your front door open and/or unlocked.  If you have a garage or storage unit that is out of your line of sight, close those doors as well.  Be mindful of what are you showing in plain view to anyone who may be walking or driving by.
                                                 
                                                Do Not Leave Personal Belongings Unattended
                                                Whether they are in a shopping cart or on a picnic blanket, always maintain positive control over your belongings.  Never leave personal belongings unattended in your vehicle.  Seattle has a high rate of theft of personal property from vehicles, particularly at public parks.
                                                 
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                                                Bicycles
                                                I recently toured our Evidence Unit.  One thing that struck me was the number of bicycles that we have warehoused.  This photo shows just one row of unclaimed bicycles that were found or recovered that we have no way of getting back to the owner.  There are another four rows of bicycles just like this one.  (By the way, the small figure a couple of hundred feet in the background is yours truly.)  This gives you an idea as just how many orphaned bicycles we have.  Again, we have no way of returning them to their rightful owners because their owners cannot be identified.
                                                 
                                                If you own a bicycle, please mark down the make, model, model number and serial number.  Keep this information on an inventory sheet.  Keep the inventory sheet (which should also have information of you other valuable items) with your other important papers.  Take a picture of the bike.  Engrave the bike with your Driver’s license or State ID card number.  An engraver can be purchased from most hardware stores (Lowe’s, Ace) for about $20-$25.  And please, use a cable/chain and lock and lock up your bike. 
                                                 
                                                What’s going to happen to all the bikes?  Some will be donated, but most will be auctioned.  Property auctions are now set up on line and operate like an eBay system.  Check out www.propertyroom.com.  After Propertyroom.com covers their costs, the funds from the auction go towards police pension funds.
                                                 
                                                Until next time, Take Care and Stay Safe!   Mark Solomon, SPD South Precinct Crime Prevention


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                                              • MARVIN CHARLES
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                                                  Denise can you resend me the non-profit board excellence packet again? You sent it to us earlier this month I believe. I can't find the email. I would greatly appreciate it.
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                                                  South Precinct Email Community Newsletter
                                                  May 20, 2008
                                                   
                                                  Dear Community Friends:
                                                   
                                                  Warm Weather Security Tips
                                                  It’s that time of year that we review home security tips for the warm weather months.  We do this on a continuing basis for a few reasons:
                                                  1)      A large number of burglaries and thefts occur year-round via opened and/or unlocked doors and windows.  That number dramatically increases during warm weather months because windows are left open for ventilation, even when the home is unoccupied.
                                                  2)      Garages and storage sheds are often left opened and unattended while we’re working in our yards.
                                                  3)      Personal belongings are often left unattended while at a recreational venue or in vehicles.
                                                   
                                                  We want to reiterate some safety tips to help reduce incidents of burglary and theft.
                                                   
                                                  Close And Lock Windows; Limit How Far They Can Be Opened
                                                  When you are away from home, close and lock your windows.  If you want to leave windows open enough for ventilation, use a dowel for sliding glass windows cut to a length that prevents the window from being opened more than four inches.  For double hung windows, consider sash pins.  Some windows have stops on the inside track, which prevent them from being opened too far. 
                                                   

                                                  Lock Your Doors

                                                  Anytime you leave your home, even if it for a very short amount of time, lock your doors.  If you have deadbolt locks, please lock them. 
                                                  ·         As always, we advise that you install 3”-4” screws on the strike plates of your exterior doors.  These secure the plates to the jamb and the jamb to the framing of the door.  This essentially makes the bolt from the lock going into the jamb “extend” in to the frame, making a properly locked door more secure.
                                                   

                                                  Working In The Yard

                                                  When working in the yard in the back of the home, do not leave your front door open and/or unlocked.  If you have a garage or storage unit that is out of your line of sight, close those doors as well.  Be mindful of what are you showing in plain view to anyone who may be walking or driving by.
                                                   
                                                  Do Not Leave Personal Belongings Unattended
                                                  Whether they are in a shopping cart or on a picnic blanket, always maintain positive control over your belongings.  Never leave personal belongings unattended in your vehicle.  Seattle has a high rate of theft of personal property from vehicles, particularly at public parks.
                                                   
                                                  ME
                                                  Bicycles
                                                  I recently toured our Evidence Unit.  One thing that struck me was the number of bicycles that we have warehoused.  This photo shows just one row of unclaimed bicycles that were found or recovered that we have no way of getting back to the owner.  There are another four rows of bicycles just like this one.  (By the way, the small figure a couple of hundred feet in the background is yours truly.)  This gives you an idea as just how many orphaned bicycles we have.  Again, we have no way of returning them to their rightful owners because their owners cannot be identified.
                                                   
                                                  If you own a bicycle, please mark down the make, model, model number and serial number.  Keep this information on an inventory sheet.  Keep the inventory sheet (which should also have information of you other valuable items) with your other important papers.  Take a picture of the bike.  Engrave the bike with your Driver’s license or State ID card number.  An engraver can be purchased from most hardware stores (Lowe’s, Ace) for about $20-$25.  And please, use a cable/chain and lock and lock up your bike. 
                                                   
                                                  What’s going to happen to all the bikes?  Some will be donated, but most will be auctioned.  Property auctions are now set up on line and operate like an eBay system.  Check out www.propertyroom. com.  After Propertyroom. com covers their costs, the funds from the auction go towards police pension funds.
                                                   
                                                  Until next time, Take Care and Stay Safe!   Mark Solomon, SPD South Precinct Crime Prevention


                                                  Note: forwarded message attached.


                                                  --Forwarded Message Attachment--
                                                  Date: Tue, 20 May 2008 09:21:03 -0700
                                                  From: Mark.Solomon@...
                                                  Subject: South Precinct Email Newsletter
                                                  To:

                                                  Dear Community Friends -
                                                   
                                                  Attached is the South Precinct Email Newsletter for May 20, 2008.   We hope you find the information useful.
                                                   
                                                  Regards,
                                                   
                                                  Mark
                                                   
                                                   
                                                  Mark Solomon
                                                  SPD Crime Prevention, South Precinct
                                                  206.386.9766
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