Andrew, who lives in the Whittier Heights neighborhood, sent us this email:
Our house has had a new lawn mower and hot dog machine stolen from behind the house (Long story regarding the hot dog machine – good for BBQ get togethers). This bold move required either driving down a small alleyway and throwing the stuff into a car or just carrying the items away. Either way, this shows an unfortunate amount of confidence on the side of the thieves – they know that there is no police presence in these family neighborhoods in Ballard. They can cruise around in the middle of the night and take big items without fear of being caught.
We have been worried that they would come back for more and they did last weekend. I came out of my house Saturday morning to see my driver’s side door and trunk open. The thieves had stolen my car stereo and a bunch of clothes from my car. They also did the customary trashing of the papers in my glove box. There wasn’t really much to steal in my car but we worry that these brazen thieves won’t stop at stealing stuff on the outside of the house.
Andrew asks for an informal survey of readers to see what crime is like where you live. “It’s sad that we have to wake up to find our possessions missing when everything else about this part of the city is so great,” he writes.