November preparedness classes!

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As October wraps up, we wanted to remind you that the Seattle Office of Emergency Management’s  free fall classes continue through November.

Starting this weekend, November 1st & 2nd, you can learn how to store emergency drinking water or perform an earthquake retrofit on  your home.  You can find the full schedule of emergency preparedness classes here. We’ve attached the informational flyer we received earlier this year below.

Seattle Office of Emergency & Management  schedule of free classes workshops

Seattle Office of Emergency & Management schedule of free classes workshops

West Seattle Crime Watch: Have you seen this stolen truck?

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“We’re a two-person company, so this truck means a lot to us.” So says BWM from Orec, the company whose logo is on a 2006 Isuzu NPR truck stolen last weekend from the 4800 block of Fauntleroy Way SW (map). It’s a lot like the truck you see above at right; it carries the logo you see above at left. BWM thinks it was likely taken during stormy Saturday night/early Sunday; it’s been reported to police, so if you see it somewhere, please call 911.

Update: Suspects in custody after robbery/assault near 16th/Roxbury

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10:44 PM: Big police search/containment right now near 16th/Roxbury, and beyond. We don’t have full details but they’re seeking three people in connection with what sounded like a street robbery/assault. The victim is injured. You’re likely to hear/see the Guardian One helicopter join the search. More as we get it.

10:55 PM: Per scanner, police have detained two possible suspects a few blocks south of where the robbery/assault happened.

11:00 PM: And now the third suspect is reported to be in custody.

West Seattle Crime Watch: Peepers; car theft; break-in alerts; car prowl with question

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Four West Seattle Crime Watch notes tonight:

PEEPING INCIDENTS: From the Genesee-Schmitz Neighborhood Council list, word of two peeping incidents reported in the early morning hours Monday in the Genesee Hill area. No details, just word of a stranger at a window or door. GSNC says it’s been reported to police, who remind everyone to call 911 for something like this. (Side note: These types of incidents do not usually appear on the SPD police-report map, so unless we hear about them from you or from a non-closed list, we don’t hear about them for Crime Watch and can’t alert a wider group of neighbors – criminals don’t often just limit their activities to a single block or street or sub-neighborhood –

STOLEN CAR: From e-mail: “My car was stolen this morning,Ocean View & 35th. Thought it was a secured garage, had been for many years. BLACK HONDA CIVIC COUPE 2008. Police report filed. I want it back! License # 920XOS.” Call 911 if you see it.


In the last seven days, my Seaview neighborhood has had two residential break-ins and one attempted break-in. I’d like to remind WSB readers to turn lights on, use alarms if you have one, connect with your neighbors and keep a watch out for suspicious activity.

GATEWOOD CAR PROWL: A warning, and also a question:

Our car was ransacked last night (my fault…left it unlocked) but am curious if you or readers have advice when one’s registration has been stolen. They took our registration, insurance card, Discovery Pass, fishing licenses and tokens for the car wash. I can’t imagine what they may do with that stuff but don’t want to be naive. Also curious if anyone else in Gatewood had to deal with car prowlers last night/early this morning (October 28th).

Take action at our meeting tomorrow to secure your stuff!

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Join us tomorrow, October 28th, for our monthly meeting – the last meeting this year before our Holiday Hiatus!


If you are the victim of a theft or burglary, will you be able to tell law enforcement what has been taken and how it can be identified? Will you be able to prove ownership of your stuff once it is out of your hands?

How will you determine what is missing? Do you know the model and/or serial number? Do you have photographs of items that don’t have identifying marks?  Have you added any personal markings, such as your WA Driver License number, to your stuff?

At our meeting tomorrow, we’ll have a demo of the new engraving kits that were announced by Captain Steve Wilske, SW Precinct Commander, at our last meeting!  The kits are now available to borrow at no cost; they include inventory sheets as well as instructions. Community Police Team, Officer Jon Kiehn will give us tips on how to best inventory your stuff. He’ll also provide his insights about where NOT to store your valuables if you want to prevent thieves from taking them.

This will be a hands-on demonstration of the engraving toolkits. You are encouraged to bring an item (or two) to practice on!

Meeting schedule (come early, stay late!)

Tuesday, October 28, 2014, 6:30-8 PM

SW Police Precinct, 2300 SW Webster Street (at Delridge Ave SW, next to Home Depot)

6:00-6:30        Arrive early for light snacks; socialize and network while we set up! Bring food to share if you like!

6:30-7:00        Introductions, announcements. Captain Steve Wilske will update us about crime and issues affecting the SW Precinct.

7:00-8:00        Engraving Toolkit rollout/demo!  Bring an item to practice on! Officer Jon Kiehn will cover how to effectively inventory your stuff.

8:00-8:30        Feel free to stay after the meeting to continue your discussions.

Everyone is welcome, even if you aren’t a Block Watch Captain!  RSVP is appreciated, but not necessary to attend.  You can email us at or phone us at 206-424-0040.

Hope to see you there!