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Best place to get your car prowled? NOT Northgate

December 18th, 2014 by Mike

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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Prolific North Seattle crime ring busted

October 2nd, 2014 by master

Let your mail theft fears rest easier. According to the Seattle Police Department Blotter, detectives have thwarted a prolific North Seattle crime ring that may have been behind many of our recent reports of mail theft, break-ins and other property crimes:

A stolen car, a wanted woman, and her diary detailing “what I stole today” has led SPD’s Major Crimes Task Force to unravel a prolific crime ring, which detectives believe is responsible for hundreds of break-ins, car prowls, thefts and identity fraud in North Seattle.

In all, police arrested four suspects and seized hundreds of pieces of stolen mail, IDs, and boxes of packages, stolen right off of victims’ porches, with one of the suspects telling police that unwrapping stolen packages was “like opening Christmas presents.” …

Detectives found duffel bags filled with stolen mail, more than 70 IDs, credit cards and passports, $37,000 in fraudulent checks, and mail stolen from at least 180 victims. They also found books and ledgers tracking thefts and tallying sales on online sites, as well as pages and pages of victims’ birthdates, social security numbers and credit card numbers. Detectives say the woman had created “profiles,” compiling personal information from pieces of stolen mail.

Like most of the posts on the Blotter, it makes for some juicy reading that includes details about the group that had made crime their full-time job, focusing on the U-District and Green Lake. Read the whole post here.

Despite our recent post that the “North Precinct might just be too short-staffed to respond,” Coordinated Criminal Investigations Captain Eric Sano has high hopes for the neighborhood, saying in the Blotter post: “These arrests should drastically reduce property crimes” in the North Precinct.

Let’s hope he’s right!

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"Heavy rescue" response to car wreck closes 15th Ave. N.E. earlier today

December 17th, 2013 by Mike

Candi emails this morning: “Do you know why 15th Avenue Northeast was closed at 5:30 a.m. today (around Northeast  98th Street)?”

Yes. An accident was called in near that intersection shortly before 5:17 a.m. Two cars were involved, one was overturned. Fears that someone might be trapped inside drew a “heavy rescue” response – 14 vehicles – from Seattle firefighters and paramedics.

It turned out no one was trapped, however, and the incident was downgraded.

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“Heavy rescue” response to car wreck closes 15th Ave. N.E. earlier today

December 17th, 2013 by Mike

Candi emails this morning: “Do you know why 15th Avenue Northeast was closed at 5:30 a.m. today (around Northeast  98th Street)?”

Yes. An accident was called in near that intersection shortly before 5:17 a.m. Two cars were involved, one was overturned. Fears that someone might be trapped inside drew a “heavy rescue” response – 14 vehicles – from Seattle firefighters and paramedics.

It turned out no one was trapped, however, and the incident was downgraded.

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National Night Out is tonight!

August 6th, 2013 by master

Maple Leaf is taking the party to the streets from 6-9 tonight, so expect plenty of nonarterial road closures, along with the smells, sounds and sights of summer wafting through the air: barbecues, music and children playing in the (closed) streets.

Tonight is National Night Out, a Crime Prevention event designed to heighten crime prevention awareness, increase neighborhood support in anti-crime efforts and unite communities.

According to the city of Seattle’s Night Out page, more than 1,300 neighborhoods in Seattle participated in the event last year, including this rager on Northeast 84th Street in Maple Leaf. More from the Seattle website:

The event is a unique opportunity to bring your neighbors together, welcome new neighbors, talk about crime prevention and Block Watch efforts, and mainly just have a great time with food, music, games – whatever you want. The creativity we’ve seen of what neighborhoods come up with is amazing. Some gatherings are just a few households; others expand into large block parties.

Night Out Against Crime is an opportunity for individual neighborhoods to renew their commitment to the following:

  • Heighten crime and drug prevention awareness
  • Generate support for, and participation in, local anti-crime programs
  • Strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships
  • Send a message to criminals that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.

So have fun with your neighbors tonight, and feel free to send us photos of your event!

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That helicopter overhead? Police are checking out a suspicious van

December 14th, 2011 by Mike

Seattle police and fire units are checking out a white camper van parked at Northeast 88th Street and 18th Avenue Northeast. It didn’t blow up while we were there, though, and an officer said that although it was reported as suspicious and possibly a mobile meth lab, it appears to be a false alarm. The Channel 7 helicopter just left.

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Explosion, fires nearby

September 26th, 2011 by Mike

Update: KIRO  is reporting: “Seattle fire chief confirms there was a gas leak involved in the explosion, fire.”

On Sunday afternoon dozens of fire and police units were searching for a natural gas leak nearby, shutting down traffic for several city blocks. The Seattle Times is updating here.

Photo Tweeted by KIRO TV’s Chopper 7 of fire near Interstate 5.

Two early morning fires are being fought just north of Maple Leaf.

One was easily visible to rush hour traffic on Interstate 5. From our news partners The Seattle Times:

The fire is located in the 12300 block of Fifth Avenue Northeast. Two people, a man and a woman both in their 50s, were taken to Harborview Medical Center. One in critical condition and one in serious condition, said Kyle Moore, the Seattle Fire Department spokesman.

TV station helicopter videos show a fully involved structure fire and neighbors reported hearing an explosion more than a mile away.

A second, smaller fire was reported at 15th Avenue Northeast and Northeast 107th Street (below).

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Natural gas leak report brings heavy emergency response

September 25th, 2011 by Mike

All those sirens you’ve been hearing since a little before 2:30 p.m.? They’re fire and police units heading to reports of two natural gas leaks just to the north of us.

This photo was taken at the intersection of 8th Avenue Northeast and Northeast 120th Street. The fire engine that’s blocking traffic is one of over 20 fire department units dispatched to the area over the last hour.

All intersections for several city blocks are blocked by fire trucks or numerous Seattle Police Department cruisers.

The incident is being treated as a “natural gas leak – major.”

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A rash of stolen or pilfered cars in the city – and the neighborhood

July 9th, 2011 by Mike

Two readers this week told us about cars stolen or broken into.

The scenario is often much like Katie’s:

FYI just wanted to let you know we got our car stolen Tuesday night. It was parked at 17th Ave. N.E. and 80th Street, on 17th. It was your obvious choice of stolen car — the 1990 Honda Civic. Still, we’ve never had a problem before. The police found it in West Seattle the next day with its speakers, glove compartment and stereo ripped out.

And MissVixxen tweets “multiple car break-ins in Maple Leaf. Lock your doors and leave nothing in your car.”

Auto theft and auto prowls (where the thief breaks into the car but doesn’t steal the whole thing) for years were the most common crimes in Seattle.

After a dip about five years ago, auto thefts here have skyrocketed by nearly 19 percent in 2010 as opposed to 2009, our news partners The Seattle Times reported last month.

The Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue area jumped from 37th to 13th, with 16,192 vehicles reported stolen in 2010. The region leads the state with more than 55 percent of all auto thefts.

The Times reports a possible reason for the increase: “Dan Donohoe, a spokesman for the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, said prosecutors believe the increase last year could be attributed to the release of a number of thieves who had been sent to prison in recent years. ‘We think they were getting out,’ said Donohoe.”

We called up the police crime map for stolen or prowled cars from June 1 through today. That’s it, above. The solid cars are the ones that were stolen, the ones with a white dot were prowled.

We count right at 22 car crimes in Maple Leaf during that period. (Some of the icons represent up to three crimes in the same location.) That’s more than one every other day.

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Get to know area police at the North Precinct Picnic

July 6th, 2011 by master

You’re invited to get to know your area police officers this weekend at the annual Picnic at the North Precinct at 10049 College Way N.

The free event from 1-4 p.m. Saturday, July 9, offers food, children’s activities and dancing, plus the opportunity to take a tour of the North Precinct (pdf), whose boundaries include Maple Leaf and all of Seattle north of the ship canal and Montlake Cut. For more information, read the precinct’s blog or subscribe to its RSS feed.

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