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The Wedgwood Block Watch Group is an ad hoc group of Wedgwood volunteers, working to:
- Disseminate timely crime prevention information,
- Empower neighbors to start/maintain a block watch on their block,
- Serve as a liaison regarding public safety issues for the Seattle Police Department North Precinct, the city, the Wedgwood Community Council, and other government bodies for Wedgwood block watch captains,
- Facilitate networking, brainstorming, and sharing information of concern between neighbors and block watch captains.
Wedgwood Block Watch Coordinator:
North Community Police Team Officers (CPT)
Mary Amberg, Crime Prevention Coordinator: Mary.Amberg@seattle.gov (206) 684-7711
Sgt. Newsom – (206) 684-0794
Officer David Gordon email@example.com (206) 684-0799
Officer Mike Lanz firstname.lastname@example.org (206) 684-0899
Officer Kipp Strong email@example.com (206) 233-3734
Officer Joe Bender firstname.lastname@example.org (206) 233-3984
Officer Mike Cruzan email@example.com (206) 233-3733
WHAT DOES CPT DO?
Unlike Patrol Officers, the CPT are here to focus on the long-term, and often chronic problems specific to individual neighborhoods. They patrol many times a day, checking and re-checking known “hot spots”.
It is their job to know the residents in troubled apartments, to recognize by sight, the “regulars” who congregate on the corner, and to understand the ongoing problems and concerns of neighbors and businesses. Residents and business owners get to know and trust the officers, making it easier to work together to resolve and prevent problems. CPT is about understanding ongoing issues that go back weeks and months and taking steps to prevent problems before they arise.
Community Online Reporting Program (CORP) allows you to file a crime report online for such things as property crime, identity theft, car prowls, and narcotic activity.
Seattle’s “My Neighborhood” Crime Map provides stats and crime reports for activity in your neighborhood.
Seattle Police Blotter (blog)
Follow the SPD on Twitter at @SeattlePD
SPD Tweet-By-Beat, allows you to follow real-time tweets by each “beat” as shown on the “beat map” to the right.
Follow L3 Beat (generally Wedgwood, Bryant, View Ridge, Hawthorne Hills, Inverness, Matthews Beach) at @SeattlePDL3
Follow the L2 Beat (generally Meadowbrook, Pinehurst, and parts of Maple Leaf and Lake City) at @SeattlePDL2
Follow the U1 Beat (generally Ravenna, Roosevelt, and part of Maple Leaf) at @SeattlePDU1
Start A Block Watch
The City of Seattle’s Block Watch website has excellent resources for starting a Block Watch, becoming a Block Watch captain, and keeping a successful Block Watch going. They even have a great Block Watch Tool Kit full of resources to get you going. Contact the SPD Crime Prevention Coordinator who will come for home meetings to help you get started: Mary Amberg, Mary.Amberg@seattle.gov (206) 684-7711.
Contact the Wedgwood Block Watch coordinator for more information if needed.
More information coming soon!
Report graffiti in Wedgwood to the city’s graffiti report line 206-684-7587 or online.
The SPD has more FAQs on graffiti while the Seattle Public Utilities has tips on how to prevent graffiti.
Seattle Public Utilities has tips on how to remove graffiti.
Report ID Theft to the Seattle Police.
Call the non-emergency number, 206-625-5011.
Immediately contact your credit card companies and bank to put an alert on all your accounts.
Useful sources for ID theft prevention and response:
- SPD’s Tips on Preventing Identity Theft
- Federal Trade Commission – Avoiding ID Theft
- Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s Tips
- Free Annual Credit Report
How to combat residential mail theft
Notes from the WCC on how to combat residential mail theft.
PROTECT YOUR VEHICLE
The following tips from WatchYourCar.org can help you protect your car from thieves and vandals:
- Lock your car.
- Take your keys.
- Never hide a second set of keys in your car.
- Park off-street if possible.
- Park in well lighted areas.
- Park in attended lots.
- If you park in an attended lot and have to leave your key with an attendant, leave only the ignition and door key.
- Never leave your car running unattended.
- Completely close all car windows when parked.
- Don’t leave valuables in plain view. Better yet don’t leave anything in car.
- Park your vehicle with wheels turned toward the curb.
Other useful resources:
- Seattle Police’s Information on Auto Theft Prevention
- Seattle Police’s Information on Car Prowl Prevention
- Seattle Police’s Sex Offender Information, including a link to the state’s searchable Sex Offender Database.
- King County Sheriff’s Office searchable Sex Offender Database