A note from our Crime Prevention Coordinator

Terrie Johnston is the North Precinct Crime Prevention Coordinator. Last last year the Mayor and Seattle City Council decided to maintain the position for another year, meaning Johnston will continue service Ballard with block watches and security surveys.

“I am available for personal safety trainings; workplace violence prevention, etc. I am happy to be a part of the Community Police Team, and look forward to continuing this meaningful work. Our Block Watch Captains are unsung heroes. We rely on your eyes and ears, and appreciate your sharing these e-lerts I send out with others,” Johnston writes in a message to neighbors.

Her note includes several items of interest:

  • Property Crime: In much of the North precinct, the burglary rates have decreased or stabilized. There are still increased numbers of residential burglaries in some northeast neighborhoods. They are primarily occurring during the hours of 6 a.m. to about 6 p.m. Knocking on doors to see if anyone is at home is still a common method used by thieves. In some cases, there is a female driver who serves as chauffeur and lookout, for her male accomplices. The lookout has been seen texting the thieves about watchful neighbors, etc. Kicking in doors, or door jambs is prevalent. We recommend all exterior doors be solid core doors, (or metal) and are a minimum of 1 ¾” thick. For maximum security, all exterior doors should be equipped with a deadbolt lock and reinforced strike plates, using 3” screws which will go into the framework. Locks within 40 inches of glass are vulnerable. Watchful neighbors remain your best alarm. 9 times out of 10, our burglars are arrested due to 9-1-1 calls from neighbors who heard or saw something suspicious and made that call. I’ve received e-mails lately about door-to-door solicitors who may or may not have been legitimate. So I am attaching again, information on residential home sales. (I’ve sent this out before, so consider this a rerun).
  • 9-1-1: I think I speak for the entire Community Police Team when I tell you that every day in our e-mail inbox, or on our telephone’s voicemail inbox, we find messages from the community that say something like this, “I wanted to let you know that I just saw something suspicious……….but I didn’t think this merited a 9-1-1 call”. Almost always the information is detailed, with good descriptions and refers to something that may or may not have been criminal, but certainly seemed odd. And almost always it is too late for SPD to do anything with that information. I am now hoping to encourage you to trust that gut feeling of yours. If you get the sense that something weird is happening, even if it isn’t an emergency, please call 9-1-1 and simply state what you are reporting. The call taker will decide whether your call should be transferred off the primary line onto a secondary line. You don’t know what you prevent by getting a patrol cruiser coming into your neighborhood.
  • Happy New Year! Thanks for supporting Crime Prevention. Contact me [Terrie Johnston] at 684-7711 for any questions or follow up services.


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