The recent spate of posts and comments on car prowls and the like fired us up to do something about it, so we reached out to Diane Horswill, Wallingford resident and Seattle Police Dept Crime Prevention Coordinator to ask for advice. She has been the one kindly collecting crime data for the Wallingford eNews, so she seemed like a good place to start.
Diane was able to provide some additional statistics on car prowls in our area:
I looked at the time period 2/15-3/25 and found a total of 20 in the area from I-5 to Stone and from Lake Union to 50th. Five of those were in the vicinity of Gas Works including:3600blk Meridian, 3600blk Stone, 3900blk Ashworth, 3600blk Carr Pl, 3800blk WoodlawnWhen I added in the area between Stone and Aurora from Lake Union to 50th there were an additional 14 reports, so, it looks like that is the area that had been hit the hardest.
As for what to do about it, don’t get your hopes up, people.
The document we were sent, Preventing Car Prowl, is more depressing than helpful. Follow the link to read for yourself, or, for the lazy, we will summarize:
- Thieves will break into your car and there’s nothing you can do about it
- Your best bet is to remove every worldly possession you have from your vehicle
- Even so, they’ll assume you’re hiding something under seat
- It doesn’t matter how crappy your car is, they’ll still break in
- They’re going to wreck your window and door
That completes our crime prevention lesson for the day.
On Diane’s advice, we also reached out to Lawrence Jackson ([email protected]), the Community Police Team officer for Wallingford. No response.
We tried Tim Durkan, the Seattle Dept of Neighborhoods rep, about the issue of the alcoholics coming over into Wallingford for their malt liquor. No response.
As you can tell, we’re feeling a little depressed about the whole civic thing.
However, if you’re feeling more hopeful than we are, Diane said she would help anyone interested set up a block watch for their area. You can contact her at [email protected]. She also reminded us to report car prowls via 911, because “part of the calculation used to determine how many officers to assign to an area is based on reported crime”.
We promise our next post will be cheery.