December 18

Best place to get your car prowled? NOT Northgate



It’s true that roughly a car per day is prowled in Maple Leaf.

It’s not true that, despite the Northgate Mall and transit center, it’s the most likely place to have someone break into your car.

New Seattle Police statistics, released this week, indicate the most cars are prowled on Capital Capitol Hill and a chunk of downtown.

In the 28 days from Nov. 16th to Dec. 13th, 1,043 car prowls were reported to Seattle Police.

Thirty percent of them happened in that one area:

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  1. I find items that have been prowled out of cars or stolen from homes and then tossed on the ground as trash. I find stolen mail. I find needles in the park. I find Survivorman type shelters built in the park. I find broken glass from car prowls. I find used condoms. I find furniture tossed out on Roosevelt. I find stolen cars with their tires boosted. I witness prostitution and drug use in the park. I see beggars allowed to use the medians at Northgate Way and 5th Avenue NE unimpeded. I know my mother was grifted out of a large sum of money. If you are trying to convince me that it’s all hunky dory, you are falling short. The lunatics are running the asylum, Chief O’Toole has her work cut out for her.

  2. I would love it if they would disclose more specifics about their data set. It makes sense on its face but based on what data and from what sources? Capitol Hill and Maple Leaf are apples and oranges when it comes to many aspects of each community. One is a more population dense, urban, and skews towards a younger socioeconomic base. The other is residential, more likely less population dense, more likely to established financially, and more likely to reflect older adults or young families living in ML. It’s odd for me to accept that the reporting criteria for these two microareas is closely related when the neighborhoods are not.

  3. If that data were expressed per capita or per vehicle owned within different regions of town, I bet North Seattle would look much worse off. Obviously the absolute number of car prowls will be higher in higher-density neighborhoods like Capitol Hill or downtown.

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