Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Burglary Update From Terri Johnston, SPD Crime Prevention North Precinct Police Coordinator

Terri Johnson, Seattle Police North Precinct Crime Prevention Coordinator, sent some helpful information on recent break-ins and how to protect yourself:
  • The North Precinct Burglary/Theft Unit continues to follow up on recent burglary arrests done by North Precinct patrol officers, and  due in some part to your watchfulness and good 9-1-1 calls.  The 19 year old serial occupied burglar and auto thief who was hitting the north end neighborhoods hard approximately 9 weeks ago has been charged with nearly 10 years.  He is in jail and won’t be released for a long time. 

  • A 39-year old, white female was arrested last week for multiple burglaries in the north end, some in which the residents were home at the time of the crime.  She confessed to detectives that she is an addict, and she preferred burglaries to prostitution. She spent the day with detectives showing them houses she had hit.  She told the detectives that she was surprised how many people leave their house keys out in  mailboxes; or on the front porch (she found keys in a pair of shoes on front porch).  Please re-think the hide-away key.  You may think it is unusual to put in under a paving stone, or huge flower pot, etc. but burglars who do this for a living, know our hiding spots.  She also told the detectives that she often looked in the windows and could see the desirable loot in plain sight (purses, cash, electronics).

  • I talked with a gentleman recently who lives in the Maple Leaf neighborhood.  During the glorious weather we have had, he was gardening in the front yard.  A thief, unseen by neither the homeowner nor nearby neighbors, entered this home through the unlocked back door and took cash and prescription meds. from a back bedroom.   I know it may be inconvenient to keep your doors locked when you are home and gardening, but these crimes are quick and contribute to our burglary rate increases during summer months. 

Terri can be contacted at the North Precinct at 206-684-7711.

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