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Home burglaries and car crimes here

May 23rd, 2015 by Mike

Christina emails:

On Tuesday, May 19th, between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. thieves broke into a house on Eighth Avenue Northeast between Northeast 85th and 86th streets.

They smashed a door window in the back to let themselves in and ransacked several rooms stealing cameras, tablets, cash, and jewelry. This was particularly brazen as it occurred in the middle of the day across the street from a church and school (St. Catherine).

No one claims to have seen anything or anyone suspicious on that block, but one neighbor said a man was seen that day on Northeast 88th Street falsely claiming to be a meter reader.

The Seattle Police crime map above shows six home burglaries so far this month in Maple Leaf. Most of them follow the pattern Christina described. (The gray circles are business burglaries, not homes.)

Another burglary report was emailed on May 12th: “Just emailing you to let you know of a break-in on the 2000 block of Northeast 97th Street on Monday 5/11 around 4:30 p.m.

“Back door kicked in, house ransacked, TV, empty purse and some family heirloom jewelry stolen. A neighbor identified the car as an older model large white sedan, possibly a town car or similar, with dark tinted windows”

Car Crimes

On Twitter, Gabi asks of both us and police: “I heard from a neighbor there have been car break-ins, but have not heard anything from @SPD. Can anyone confirm this?”

She mentions Northeast 80th and 85th streets and around the Maple Leaf Reservoir Park.

A different neighbor emailed this story of a car prowl May 14th on Northeast 97th Street.

I woke up in the middle of the night last night and thought perhaps I’d forgotten to lock the door to my new car (now that I have to press a fancy button instead of just hand-locking the door!!!).

Sure enough, when I woke up my car had been ransacked. Lucky for me, it’s new so I have nothing in it.

I saw my neighbor and told her what happened, she laughed that she never locks her doors, and lo and behold, her car also had been ransacked.

They stole some of her change and a nice pair of sunglasses, and my old-ass iPod. Hardly worth the work. So annoying. We both filed reports 🙂

The map at right shows car prowls and stolen cars in Maple Leaf so far this month.

In response to Gabi, Seattle Police tweeted: “Appears #SeaStat data for Maple Leaf/Roosevelt/Ravenna area shows 19% drop in prowls for 1st 5.5 mos of the year.”

However, that number would not include the Northgate Transit Center and mall, as SPD says they are in the Northgate section of SeaStat.

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Car stolen Saturday morning from 90th between 5th and Latona

October 5th, 2014 by master

Ann reports that her roommate’s car was stolen Saturday morning from the front of their house on Northeast 90th Street between Fifth and Latona avenues northeast. With help from neighbors, they’ve narrowed down the time of the crime to between 9 and 9:30 a.m.

She asks that neighbors keep an eye out for the car, which is a 1995 white Honda Accord, license plate #059ZIA. It’s been reported to the Seattle Police Department.

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Roughly a car a day gets stolen or prowled here

August 28th, 2014 by Mike

Terri emails on Wednesday: “There was a dark blue 1997 Subaru stolen from Northeast 83rd Street between Northeast Fifth and Eighth avenues.

It was stolen this morning between 8 a.m and 9 a.m. It was locked.

Keep your eyes out for any suspicious people messing around at cars … even in the daylight!

Car crimes continue to be the most common crime in Maple Leaf and Seattle in general. The map below shows cars stolen or prowled in the month and a half since our last report. (Update on that report: Lisa M’s car, stolen from Thornton Place’s garage, turned up in Everett a month later.)

It shows roughly40 incidents – close to one a day.

Is that a lot?

It’s very similar to this report from 2011- the last time one of our cars was prowled.

Looking only at stolen cars, 1,697 reports show on the 2014 Seattle Police Department’s statistics chart. But that chart only includes figures through April.

For a better look, in all of 2013 3,541 cars were reported stolen, a 19 percent increase from the previous year.

In 2012 and 2011, roughly 3,400 cars were reported stolen.

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Eleven cars stolen here over last two weeks

December 31st, 2013 by Mike

John emails: “JUST when I was feeling so good about our street being a bare spot on the crime map:

My beloved/beat up Subaru Legacy station wagon was swiped from in front of my house (on Northeast  89th Street, just east of 15th Avenue Northeast) late Sunday or early Monday a.m.

His 1990 wagon is one of 11 cars on the police crime map at right stolen since our last report a couple of weeks ago.

It is a blue 4-door wagon with black luggage rack, WA Plates 467-YNK – it has the distinctive feature of the right front head light being held on by a set of external metal brackets.

A word to the wise: keep your car locked and think about a car alarm if it is of sufficient value.

In a later email John added the police told him “it was probably used either for a joyride or to carry out illegal ‘business’ and, in all likelihood, it will appear somewhere in the metro area – and my key will work, since they use blanks to steal cars these days – they don’t jam screwdrivers and pull wiring like ‘back in the day.'”

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Home intruder reported – plus an amazing 38 crime incidents near Northgate

December 18th, 2013 by Mike

A neighbor sends us an email with this in the subject line: “prowler/potential burglar thwarted in Maple Leaf.”

I wanted to let you know of an incident that occurred on 12/16/13 in our home in the 10800 block of 12th Avenue Northeast near Northeast Northgate Way.

At about 2:30 p.m. my partner was at home working, when she looked up from her desk and noticed a woman peering through the windows of our house. Since my partner was on an important work phone call, she didn’t go outside to confront the woman right away, but a few minutes later she heard the front door open, at which point she did confront the intruder, who was by this point standing in our living room.

When confronted, the woman stated she just came in to use the bathroom. The woman was in her 40s, about 5-foot-6 and 250-300 pounds, with long light brown hair, wearing a dress.

Speaking of Northgate, take a look at the snippet of a police crime map at right.

It’s the first time since the map changed format slightly that we’ve seen 38 different reports in the same small place – in this case in and around the 400 block of Northeast Northgate Way.

The time range is from the beginning of December to the present. The crimes are mixed – largely stolen vehicles, prowled cars and shopliftings. (We counted seven stolen cars and 11 car prowls before the map glitched out on us.)

The red-and-black mask? That’s the “cyborg bandit” we wrote about earlier who robbed the Northgate Sterling  Bank branch.

That stretch of Northgate, home to both the mall and the transit center, is known as a crime “hot spot.” In our earlier post we noted that more juveniles are arrested there – by far – than in any other place in Seattle.

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36 vehicles stolen or prowled since our last report

May 4th, 2013 by Mike

Zack emailed on Friday afternoon:

Just a heads up for any updates you do…. We had our car ransacked on Northeast 98th Street between 12th/15th avenues as well as our neighbor’s car.

They didn’t take anything from my car as I don’t keep anything of value in there and I leave the doors unlocked. They just went through the glove box and left everything piled on my driver side seat.

Since our last such update on March 11, the Seattle Police crime map shows right at 21 car prowls and 15 stolen vehicles in the Maple Leaf neighborhood.

Many occurred around Northgate.

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Twelve cars stolen, 18 broken into so far this month

October 27th, 2012 by Mike

A neighbor emails this morning: “We had a window broken out of our car last night, but nothing was stolen. Northeast 104th Street  & 12th Avenue Northeast.

“Hopefully there wasn’t a rash of window breaking in the hood last night.”

The overnight police incident map shows one car stolen, at Roosevelt Way Northeast and Northeast 104th Street, and cars prowled at First Avenue Northeast/Northeast 102nd Street and at 19th Avenue Northeast/Northeast 107th Street. (Your report hasn’t shown up yet.)

However, the police report map for October to date for our neighborhood – shown above – includes some 12 vehicles stolen and 18 broken into. (Some of the icons stand for up up to seven incidents.)

Note that much of the activity takes place in the general area of the Northgate Transit Center.

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Car crimes in Maple Leaf approaching one a day (so don't leave your funeral urn inside)

September 27th, 2011 by Mike

Twice in the last dozen years we had our cars broken into while parked outside our house. (Another time we had the entire car stolen.)

This week makes the third time we’ve had a car prowled. The first two times they just jimmied the locks. This time the car had an alarm – so they busted both rear windows. We found it just as Monday’s rainstorm started.

Getting this fixed took the rest of the day – plus $373.76.

We had neighbors report several different types of incidents over the weekend.

Dawn wrote:

We wanted to alert the neighborhood that there are some adolescent pranksters making doorbell ditch attempts and if that fails, they will pound aggressively on the door. We experienced this last night (Saturday). Three adolescent girls and one adolescent boy rang the doorbell and when we didn’t respond they pounded aggressively on our front door ( next to our sleeping baby’s room) then ran down to the next house and hid behind parked cars and in driveways to watch.

That same evening Elizabeth emailed: “There were two cars speeding down 97th to Roosevelt, turned on Roosevelt and sped back down 98th heading down toward Lake City. I saw one of the license plates since they just about hit me as I was walking. Any idea how to report this type of thing? The cars were full of young people….”

(The answer to that, according to Terrie Johnson at the Seattle Police Department, is “call 911 immediately.”)

But the most common crimes appear to be against cars. Either prowling them or stealing them.

The map shows prowled and stolen cars in Maple Leaf for the first four weeks  of September. It shows more than 20 reports, including three on my street (not yet including mine).

That’s approaching a car a day, right here in our neighborhood. For some of July, it was more than a car a day. (Some of the icons, especially up around Northgate, stand for three or even five reports.)

They are so common that unless you have more than $1,500 in damage and loss, the police department wants you to report them online, but says it likely won’t do more than keep statistics on hot spots. From the Community Online Reporting Program website:

Filing a CORP report online is the easiest way to get a free report to submit to your insurance agency. When you file a report with CORP, it will be reviewed. Unfortunately these types of crimes usually have limited solvability so most cases will not be investigated.

I will say the online form has its moments. The menu of items that might have been taken from the car includes : “Cape? Casket or funeral urn? Handcuffs? Bullet-proof vest? House-arrest bracelet?”

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Car crimes in Maple Leaf approaching one a day (so don’t leave your funeral urn inside)

September 27th, 2011 by Mike

Twice in the last dozen years we had our cars broken into while parked outside our house. (Another time we had the entire car stolen.)

This week makes the third time we’ve had a car prowled. The first two times they just jimmied the locks. This time the car had an alarm – so they busted both rear windows. We found it just as Monday’s rainstorm started.

Getting this fixed took the rest of the day – plus $373.76.

We had neighbors report several different types of incidents over the weekend.

Dawn wrote:

We wanted to alert the neighborhood that there are some adolescent pranksters making doorbell ditch attempts and if that fails, they will pound aggressively on the door. We experienced this last night (Saturday). Three adolescent girls and one adolescent boy rang the doorbell and when we didn’t respond they pounded aggressively on our front door ( next to our sleeping baby’s room) then ran down to the next house and hid behind parked cars and in driveways to watch.

That same evening Elizabeth emailed: “There were two cars speeding down 97th to Roosevelt, turned on Roosevelt and sped back down 98th heading down toward Lake City. I saw one of the license plates since they just about hit me as I was walking. Any idea how to report this type of thing? The cars were full of young people….”

(The answer to that, according to Terrie Johnson at the Seattle Police Department, is “call 911 immediately.”)

But the most common crimes appear to be against cars. Either prowling them or stealing them.

The map shows prowled and stolen cars in Maple Leaf for the first four weeks  of September. It shows more than 20 reports, including three on my street (not yet including mine).

That’s approaching a car a day, right here in our neighborhood. For some of July, it was more than a car a day. (Some of the icons, especially up around Northgate, stand for three or even five reports.)

They are so common that unless you have more than $1,500 in damage and loss, the police department wants you to report them online, but says it likely won’t do more than keep statistics on hot spots. From the Community Online Reporting Program website:

Filing a CORP report online is the easiest way to get a free report to submit to your insurance agency. When you file a report with CORP, it will be reviewed. Unfortunately these types of crimes usually have limited solvability so most cases will not be investigated.

I will say the online form has its moments. The menu of items that might have been taken from the car includes : “Cape? Casket or funeral urn? Handcuffs? Bullet-proof vest? House-arrest bracelet?”

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How the car prowlers work (on N.E. 89th, between 3-4 a.m.) – and other places in the neighborhood

August 17th, 2011 by Mike

Update 2: Colin emails: “I live on Northeast 82nd Street, just east of Roosevelt.  Monday morning (8/15), I woke up at 5:15 a.m. and just happened to look outside, towards our cars parked on 82nd.

A 20-something guy was peering into the window of my wife’s car.  He started walking away, and I immediately called 911 to report a suspicious person peering into cars.  As luck would have it, while I was on the phone with 911, the guy *drove up*, double-parked next to my wife’s car, and started trying to pry into the trunk of my wife’s car.  We started making a ton of noise in an effort to scare him away; he got into his car and sped off before he had a chance to break into our car.  Unfortunately, we weren’t able to get his license plate #, but it was a silver Mazda CX7 with tinted windows.  My hat’s off to SPD – while they didn’t arrive in time to catch the guy, at least 4 squad cars responded to the call.

Update: James reports the car prowlers were back Tuesday night. “That’s two nights in a row.”

He said he’s talked with the cops, who said to get a license plate if possible but to not confront the prowlers.

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James emails that since he’s started sleeping with the window open this summer, “I’ve been woken up numerous times by the same couple of car prowlers.”

He lives at Northeast 89th Street and 17th Avenue Northeast:

Their method is to drive west up 89th between 3:00 and 4:00 a.m. and check the door handles on every street-parked car, as well as those in driveways, to see if they’re unlocked.

The way I hear them coming is the telltale rev of the car as it drives a very short distance, then the series of clicks as one of them hops out and checks the door handles. They work fast, and usually by the time I get my glasses on and make it to the window they’re too far away for me to read the license plate (though I almost caught them last night–next time)!

We write about car crimes, either stolen vehicles or, as James is describing, car prowls, fairly regularly. A month ago more than a car a day were being hit in the neighborhood; that slacked off a bit by the end of July. The map shows stolen or prowled cars for roughly the past month – remember that each icon can represent more than one car.

James says he’s going to keep records to see if it’s always the same night of the week, and hopes other residents will watch out, too. “But folks living in the area should make sure their car doors are always locked. Also, if anyone has a security camera (or better yet, insomnia and a window facing 89th), we can totally catch these guys!”

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