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Sunday, July 3, 2011

Recent Burglaries in North End

Received This Notice from Seattle North District Council. 

Since Shoreline is right next door, seems wise to pay attention.  
Though the crime rate is generally down, the residential burglary rate seems to be a concern still.

National Crime Prevention Council

Be safe!
A note from Terrie Johnston (Crime Prevention Coordinator)

Dear Block Watch Captains/Contacts:  A review of the residential burglaries showed that there have been approx. 85  reported burglaries in the North Precinct neighborhoods since June 1, 2011.  45 of the burglaries were non-forced entry, which means that the thief was able to enter the home either through an open or unlocked door or window, or had a key.  As burglaries tend to increase during warm summer months, I wanted to send out this quick reminder.  Let’s take away some lessons which come from June’s burglaries:  Opened windows on the upper floors may be just the opportunity the would-be thief is seeking.   Crooks used plastic lawn chairs, patio furniture, ice chest, garden pots and in one case a ladder to climb up onto the 2nd floor and came in through open windows.  Pet doors were the method of entry in several of the burglaries, so be aware.   Back doors were popular this month, so reconsider how easy it is for your watchful neighbors to see onto your back yards.  The victims’ tools which were left out were used to pry open a rear basement door, and again on the door leading into the upstairs.  Decorative rocks and bricks were thrown through back windows in a few of these crimes.  Please schedule a security survey with me if you would like a free assessment of your home’s security.\police

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