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Daytime burglaries up in View Ridge, Wedgwood

Posted by Kate Bergman on November 21st, 2011

Seattle Police are warning residents of View Ridge, Wedgwood and other Northeast Seattle neighborhoods that daytime burglaries are occurring more frequently. Most are happening from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.

SPD Crime Prevention Coordinator Terrie Johnston sent along these basic burglary prevention measures:

  • If you are home, and someone knocks on your door, please answer the door, don’t open it. There is a difference. Since many criminals are looking for houses w/no one home, it is important to let them know someone is there!
  • If you have a home office, or a room with big screen TVs and computers that can be seen from the street, close the curtains/blinds in those areas when you are gone. Electronics, jewelry, and small portable items are popular.
  • Lock up your ladders; or store them in a garage.
  • Use motion-sensitive lighting when appropriate.
  • Can first responders find your address? Seconds matter when you’ve called 9-1-1, so help us out. We still like front porch lights on from dusk until dawn.
  • Use the locks and latches you have, even if you are only going to be gone for a little while.
  • Please report anything suspicious to 911. Most burglars are apprehended by a watchful neighbor (your best alarm) who called 9-1-1 with good descriptions. Remember 911 is not just for emergencies anymore. See something, say something!
  • Remember to keep your Block Watches active and I can assist you with this. If you want a free home security survey, contact me.

    Johnston does provide a free home security survey. You can email her here.

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