Neighbrohood Crime Prevention

Neighborhood safety was one of the topics discussed during a recent ALSC Board Meeting where the conversation indicated that prowler activity appeared to be on the rise around the lake.  A quick check with SeaTac City Police Community Crime Prevention Officer Doug Reynolds confirms that there has been an increase in the number of residential burglaries particularly concentrated along Military Road South from South 170th Street to about South 200th Street.  Officer Reynolds emphasized the most important thing neighbors can do is to keep an eye out for each other and report all suspicious activity to the police by calling 9-1-1 immediately. 

There are also a number of simple, cost effective strategies home owners can use to reduce their risk of being a crime victim.  Some require the installation of better deadbolts and strike plates along with improvements in lighting and landscape.  Officer Reynolds can schedule a residential security survey of your property which is offered to all SeaTac residents at zero cost. 

And finally residents should consider forming a Block Watch within their neighborhood.  This is a proven tool to help reduce crime and all it takes is someone to organize, advertise, and recruit their neighbors to attend a meeting. Officer Reynolds is available to discuss the aforementioned topics and other safety ideas during an initial Block Watch meeting.  Initial meetings should be planned to last about two hours depending upon the number of questions and size of the group.

The SeaTac City website offers a checklist of ideas for starting a Block Watch. Officer Reynolds may be contacted at (206) 973-4904to assist answering any additional question that you may have.

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