Burglaries In Madrona; Tips For Keeping Your Home Safe

policeSeveral burglaries have taken place at Madrona homes and businesses over the last few weeks, and although one of the suspects was recently apprehended, an overall uptick in crime in the neighborhood means it’s more important than ever to make sure your home is secure. Here are some tips from the Seattle Police Department’s crime prevention coordinator:

  • Many burglars gain entry through unlocked windows, so make sure they are locked any time you leave the house (including second-story windows). If your windows slide horizontally, the addition of a wooden rod in the window track adds extra security. Close the blinds when you are away to block views of valuables inside your house.
  • Make sure your exterior doors are strong and have at least a 1″ deadbolt.
  • Consider adding motion sensory lighting, especially in dark, secluded backyards.
  • Always answer the door when you’re at home. This doesn’t mean open it to just anyone, but talk through the door to make any potential burglars aware that the house is occupied. If you’re home alone, make them think there are others in the house by yelling “I’ll get it!” or something similar, to further deter them.
  • Consider a security system if you don’t already have one set up.
  • Mail theft is especially rampant during the holidays, when many residents are having gifts delivered to their homes. If you’re not at home during the day, have packages delivered to your workplace or to the home of a trusted neighbor who can be present for delivery.
  • Most importantly, don’t wait to call 911 until after something happens. Let police know at the first sign of suspicious activity.

Multiple neighbors have also reported that a possibly stolen United States Postal Service truck has been seen several times in the neighborhood over the past few weeks, along with men wearing headlamps lurking around homes and claiming to be mailmen. If you see one of these suspicious men or a mail truck in the neighborhood at an unusual time of day, call 911 right away.

Stabbing on 23rd & Cherry Yesterday Evening

Seattle Police Department has reported that a man was stabbed yesterday evening on the 2300 block of Cherry Street in the Central District. Around 10:20pm last night the victim was approached by two men, and reported being punched in the chest to a witness. Soon after the incident, the victim realized that he had in fact been stabbed not punched, and officers that arrived on location immediately requested backup from Seattle Fire medics. The victim was taken to Harborview Medical Center and officers have not located the two suspects, and there are no direct witnesses to the altercation.  Officers estimate that based on the size and depth of the wound, that the attacked may have stabbed the victim with an icepick. If you have any information on this incident, your asked to contact the Seattle Police Department. policeman-cartoon

Seattle Police Investigate Arson at Madrona Elementary

Seattle Firefighters responded to a 911 call this weekend early Sunday morning to a fire at Madrona Elementary School. According to the Seattle Times, firefighters quickly extinguished an intentionally set fire that burned a shed outside of the school. Someone had called in an arson after driving by the school around 12:30am Sunday morning and seeing the flames, and firefighters were able to put out the fire within 10 minutes. school

An investigation has since been determined that this incident was intentional, and has been handed over to Seattle Police for investigation. The fire has reportedly caused $2,500 in damages, with $1,000 damages to the school’s exterior, $1,000 to the shed, and $500 in damages to the contents that were inside the shed. If you have any information about this incident, please contact Seattle Police as soon as you can.

Three Reports of Shooting in Central District

It appears that crime has gone up in the Central Area this week, not too far from Madrona, with three separate shootings reported; two along the 2800 block of Cherry Street, and one near 26th & E. Yesler Way. According to the SPD Blotter, on Tuesday police had responded to three shootings, one near 26th & E. Yesler Way where a car was parked out front of a residential area with bullet holes through the windows, and blood on the seats. There were 5 bullet holes along the driver’s side, blood on the passenger’s seat, two shattered windows, and the car was missing a tire; but no one was inside the car, when found. Police were able to track some of the debris left by the car back to Colman Park, where according to 911 dispatch documents, 4-6 gunshots had been reported in the area. Officers tried to contact the car’s owner to investigate the incident, but the owner reported the car had been stolen on Sunday evening in South Seattle, around one hour before the shooting occurred.

Officers were able to get some information from a resident of the home the car was parked in front of, who after questioning admitted a woman he knew had knocked on his door, claiming she had been shot and chased by another driver. The man did not offer any information on the woman’s identity, and the car has since been impounded for investigation. At any rate, if you’re driving in or around the park, it might be smart to take extra precautions. For more information about the incident, and other crime in the area visit the SPD Blotter.