Published: Monday, 13 July 2009 20:01
Written by Cindi Barker
Bike Smart packets available (from the Cascade Bicycle Club Education Foundation)
We contacted you last fall about our Bike Smart Seattle program that is coming this summer. It’s here! People in your community, SW Seattle, should either receive a doorhanger or a postcard in the mail advertising a Bicycle Info packet. The packet includes a Seattle Bike Map, a Calendar of FREE events, and more bike information. The Bike Smart Seattle program is designed to more people riding more often and doing it safely. I am emailing you because you are a leader in your community and I am hoping you can pass along this information to your members. People can request a Bicycle Info packet at bikesmartseattle.org . If you have any questions feel free to email me. Thank you for your time.
Serena Lehman, Outreach Coordinator
Cascade Bicycle Club Education Foundation
Precinct Public Safety Newsletter
June 18, 2009
Dear Community Friends,
Night Out is now ready for online registration at http://www.seattle.gov/police/nightout/default.htm.
Summertime Security Tips
During warm weather months, we often see an increase in burglary and theft. Reasons for this include:
- Windows at residences left open for ventilation when residents are not home.
- Unattended open garages while residents are working in the yard or have briefly left the home.
- Unattended personal belongings while at a park or other recreational venues.
- Unattended personal belongings visible in our vehicles.
We want to remind you about the potential for an increase in burglary and theft and provide you with concrete steps you can take to reduce your vulnerability. Please share these tips with your neighbors.
Close And Lock Windows; Limit How Far They Can Be Opened
- Always close and lock windows whenever away from the home. If you choose to ventilate your home when you are not home because of the heat, be aware that you are vulnerable and an easy target for the burglar.
- If you leave windows open enough for ventilation, secure with less than 4” opening with a dowel. Some windows have stops installed on the inside track, which help prevent the window from being opened too far. However, some of these are not very sturdy and can be opened given the right amount of force. Augment those stops with a dowel. For double hung windows, use sash pins to better secure the windows.
Lock Your Doors
Install good quality dead bolt locks with at least a 1” throw on all exterior doors.
- Replace the existing screws in the strike plates and two screws per hinge with 3-4 inch screws. This will secure the doorframe to the 2x4 framing of the house. This makes it much more difficult for a person to force open a properly locked door.
Working In The Yard
If working in the yard in the front or back of the home:
- Do not leave your front door open and/or unlocked. Close and lock garage and storage unit that is out of your line of sight. Be mindful of what is in plain view to anyone who may walk or drive by.
- Secure all tools, including ladders, so they cannot be used to gain entry into your home or that of a neighbor.
Secure Tools and Ladders
Make it appear that your home is occupied.
- You can do this by having timers set within the home that will turn lights on and off. You may want to consider timers for your exterior lights or photocell attachments (which activate when it gets dark and go off when it becomes light) and motion sensors.
- Ask a friend or trusted neighbor to watch your home and collect your mail and your newspaper. If they see suspicious activity, they will know to call 911 for you.
- Call Police 625-5011 and ask for a “Request to Watch” for your home while on vacation
If Away For An Extended Period Of Time
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 an incredibly high rate of theft of personal property from vehicles, particularly at public parks.
For More Information Call: Benjamin Kinlow,
. Check out www.seattle.gov/police/precincts/southwest/prevention.htm
Resources To Keep You Informed
Police Blotter, http://spdblotter.seattle.gov/
Subscribe to SPD: Crime Blotter http://feeds.feedburner.com/SeattlePoliceSouthwestPrecinct
Police Blotter, Megan Sheppard, West Seattle Herald
West Seattle Blog, Tracy Record, Editor
Seattle Police Department main web page
Southwest Precinct Web-page
Seattle Police Crime Statistics