News Blog for Seattle's Maple Leaf Neighborhood

 

Why didn’t police respond to hit and run here?

December 1st, 2015 by Mike

Update Dec. 2nd: Jordan Royer over at Crosscut ponders policing under Seattle’s new council district system:

…there will be a new kind of scrutiny under the new district council system. Council members will be paying a lot of attention to staffing levels in the various precincts, making sure that their area is getting their fair share of patrols.

His piece is here: neighborhoods-could-yank-a-lot-of-chains-on-new-city-council/

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Josh and Andrew emailed to say The Seattle Times just posted a column about the hit and run here over the weekend.

In it Seattle Times columnist Danny Westneat notes:

City records show an officer did arrive at 3:18 Saturday morning — more than four hours after the first calls. By then the truck was gone and all the Maple Leaf neighbors had given up and gone to bed.

The next day, an officer phoned the Jeffries family. Jeffries said the officer blamed the big protest last week at Westlake Center for the delay.

From here, confusion ensues. The full column is here.

We had several comments on our original post.

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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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A broken power pole, a prowled car

December 13th, 2014 by Mike

The morning after. Good work, Seattle City Light.

Some work remains to be done.

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4 p.m.: Multiple Seattle City Light crews on scene. Say they will be able to replace the pole without turning off power. !!

A Seattle Police officer photographs the roped-off intersection.

Two things this afternoon:

1) Shortly after noon a CleanScapes recycling truck struck a utility pole at 12th Avenue Northeast and Northeast 89th Street, breaking the pole at its base and again toward its top.

Seattle City Light is on the way. Neighbors (including Maple Leaf Life South) may well have their power/landline/cable interrupted as the pole will have to be replaced.

2) Eric emails:

On 12/11 my car got broken into in front of my house at Northeast  91st Street and 15th. Avenue Northeast.

They stole my prescription sunglasses and spare change.  The glasses will be discarded as soon as they realize they are for somebody with a significant astigmatism. If somebody finds a pair of Rudy Project sport sunglasses, I’d really like to get them back.

Thanks.

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Teen car thief suspect arrested at Northgate Mall

December 8th, 2014 by Mike

A  15-year-old suspect in multiple car thefts was arrested Sunday at the Northgate Mall food court.

Seattle Police explain that gang unit detectives working a robbery prevention detail at the mall spotted the teen “who tried to make a break for it but did not evade apprehension a second time.”

The first time was Friday morning, when Bothell police arrested nine suspects attempting to steal multiple vehicles from a car lot. The Bothell/Kenmore reporter has the story here.

Two teens got away that morning. One is still at large.

Police say the teens are also suspects in car dealership robberies in Lake City and Edmonds.

There’s a police press release titled “From the food court to juvenile court” here.

Our news partner The Seattle Times has a short story here.

Stealing or prowling cars is the most common crime reported in Seattle, and more juveniles are arrested at Northgate than any other place in the city.

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Are police doing something about stolen and prowled cars? Plus Yancy Noll suspect testifies

December 4th, 2014 by Mike

Dec. 6: Danny Westneat has a new column on the statistics.

Update: The police statistics are here. (Opens in  Adobe Reader.)

Update: The Stranger has a discussion of parts of this – “Someday You Might Not Have To Wait Forever To Report Your Stolen iPhone – But No One Knows When That Day Will Come.”

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Can auto thieves really be 34 percent off their game over the last month?

That’s what Seattle Police statistics show, our news partner The Seattle Times reports.

Auto theft dropped 34 percent in November compared to October, from 576 cases to 382, according to the department. Thefts of auto accessories and auto parts, along with car prowls, decreased by 25 percent in November compared to October, from 1,250 offenses to 936.

In the previous month car thefts actually increased by a comparable amount, compared to 2013, police said earlier.

There were 525 reported auto thefts in Seattle during the month of October and a total of 4715 through the end of October. That’s a 38 percent increase from last year during the same time period.

One difference is that since some embarrassing news coverage, police say they have focused on such crimes during new meetings on using statistics and reports to identify crime hot spots.

They’ve also started a program to track stolen devices.

So did this make a difference in November’s statistics? Commenters on the Times story note: November was cold.

The map above shows stolen or prowled cars here since Nov. 15th. The website to report an abandoned, and possibly stolen, car is here. (Although refusing to load in IE.)

Also, the man accused of the 2012 drive-by shooting of Yancy Noll at 15th Avenue Northeast and Northeast 75th Street is testifying today. The Times is following the story here.

The defense is using the  “road rage” argument.

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Car prowls (most common crime in the city) in the news

November 1st, 2014 by Mike

Update 11/8: Danny Westneat has a new column.

“As hard as this may be to believe, it gets more embarrassing for the Seattle police.”

Update 11/3: Seattle Police say they will “review” their policy.

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There’s an interesting discussion this morning at The Seattle Times over what’s believed to be the most common crime in Seattle: car prowls.

The occasion is Danny Westneat’s column: “Police allow car-prowl crimes to turn into growth industry.”

So far there are something north of 100 200 500 comments on the piece (not counting the ones wanting to turn it into an argument over gun control).

In Maple Leaf, as summer ended, roughly a car a day was broken into.

The map at right shows car prowls in Maple Leaf so far this year.

Incidentally, this stolen Subaru, reported to police half a month ago, is still sitting on 12th Avenue Northeast.

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Reminder to not keep valuables in vehicles

June 8th, 2013 by master

At least two Maple Leaf neighbors on Northeast 97th Street between Roosevelt Way and Eighth Avenue Northeast woke up to a smashed windows Friday morning.

The neighbor we spoke with said nothing was taken and that the door wasn’t even unlocked, which she said was actually more frustrating since it appears to simply be a random act of violence. There’s also the possibility somebody spooked the would-be prowlers, but regardless, it’s a good reminder to always remove valuables from your vehicle.

The neighbor also noted that she had just lowered her deductible to zero, which might be a good thing for Maple Leafers who park on our neighborhood streets to consider.

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One stolen Subaru (plus 9 other stolen or prowled cars) – BUT a found bike

May 16th, 2013 by Mike

Catherine emails this morning:

Last night between the hrs of 12:30-8 a.m. our family and business car was stolen from right out front of our house.

This is a travesty for us as we own & operate a small family pickling business and it is our only vehicle to make deliveries of our product to our restaurant accounts throughout the city. Tomorrow is our delivery day so we are pretty upset about what has happened as you can imagine.

To make matters worse we had just purchased $300 worth of pickling jars and put $50 worth of gas in it.

They live at 12th Avenue Northeast and Northeast 100th Street. The license plate is ALC7551.

The car is a 1999 Black Subaru Outback, Limited edition with 2 sunroofs but a few little dings on the right front panel. I have attached the best pic I have of it.

There is a bright red bumper sticker on the back that say’s “Cape Flattery” in white letters that makes it very distinguishable and as I mentioned, the back was completely full of cases of pickling jars as of last night.

Of course the police have been notified and it is not in any impound so it could be anywhere at this point though the police just told me that they are finding many of them near the Children’s Hospital area.

It did not have an alarm or tracking system in it.

Thank you for your help in advance.

According to the police crime map, nine other vehicles have been stolen or prowled in the neighborhood since we last wrote about these crimes.

A bit of good news: Patricia emailed earlier this week to say a stolen adult bike was dumped in her yard and she’d like to get it back to the owner .

Found at 114th and Roosevelt:

Some shady dude ditched a sweet blue Italian bike in our flower bed. We called SPD but they wouldn’t take it because it hadn’t been reported. It has a word lock that is still wrapped around the frame and a tire kit. If you think it’s yours just send me the word. Sure hope we can reunite this beauty with its owner.

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Car prowls continue to be Maple Leaf’s – and Seattle’s – most common crime

March 11th, 2013 by Mike

We’ve heard from several neighbors recently about car prowls – the most common crime in Maple Leaf (and the city as a whole).

We certainly have our share, particularly toward the Northgate area.

Jen emailed overnight:

I just wanted to alert everyone that there were at least two car prowling incidents in the Kona Kitchen parking lot (located at Fifth Avenue Northeast and Northeast 85th Street) over the weekend, including one in the middle of the day.

Earlier Seth (from the Hudson New American Public House) tweeted “my car and several others broken into late last week. Popped the hood and stole all the batteries?!?! At Northeast 72nd Street and Eighth Avenue Northeast.”

Last week we totted up the burglaries reported in Maple Leaf so far this year. We came up with roughly 33 break-ins to  homes, businesses or storage units.

Compare that with right at 40 vehicles broken into (car prowls) and nine vehicles stolen so far this year.

After the burglary story was posted Laura commented: “I live at 97th and 15th. Our car had a window broken about a month ago while it was parked in our driveway overnight. My diaper bag was stolen (I should have never left it in there- I know, I know). Please call the police if you see ANYTHING odd- they prefer that you call them before something happens so they can help.”

About the weekend car prowl at the Kona Kitchen, Jen continued:

Our car was broken into at approximately 3:50 p.m. on Saturday, March 9th, while we were dining in the restaurant. The rear passenger window was smashed and a backpack that was on the floor of the car, but not visible from the outside (it was covered by an empty grocery bag), was stolen.

In my case, I assumed that since it was the middle of the day, and we were parked in a very public and busy area beneath a security camera, and my backpack was not visible, there was very little risk, but you can never be too careful.

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Car prowls continue to be Maple Leaf's – and Seattle's – most common crime

March 11th, 2013 by Mike

We’ve heard from several neighbors recently about car prowls – the most common crime in Maple Leaf (and the city as a whole).

We certainly have our share, particularly toward the Northgate area.

Jen emailed overnight:

I just wanted to alert everyone that there were at least two car prowling incidents in the Kona Kitchen parking lot (located at Fifth Avenue Northeast and Northeast 85th Street) over the weekend, including one in the middle of the day.

Earlier Seth (from the Hudson New American Public House) tweeted “my car and several others broken into late last week. Popped the hood and stole all the batteries?!?! At Northeast 72nd Street and Eighth Avenue Northeast.”

Last week we totted up the burglaries reported in Maple Leaf so far this year. We came up with roughly 33 break-ins to  homes, businesses or storage units.

Compare that with right at 40 vehicles broken into (car prowls) and nine vehicles stolen so far this year.

After the burglary story was posted Laura commented: “I live at 97th and 15th. Our car had a window broken about a month ago while it was parked in our driveway overnight. My diaper bag was stolen (I should have never left it in there- I know, I know). Please call the police if you see ANYTHING odd- they prefer that you call them before something happens so they can help.”

About the weekend car prowl at the Kona Kitchen, Jen continued:

Our car was broken into at approximately 3:50 p.m. on Saturday, March 9th, while we were dining in the restaurant. The rear passenger window was smashed and a backpack that was on the floor of the car, but not visible from the outside (it was covered by an empty grocery bag), was stolen.

In my case, I assumed that since it was the middle of the day, and we were parked in a very public and busy area beneath a security camera, and my backpack was not visible, there was very little risk, but you can never be too careful.

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