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The following public notice was produced by the City of Burien and written by Sargent Henry McLauchlan of the Burien Police Department.
As the local cop, I occasionally get a frantic phone call regarding crime being “out of control in my neighborhood”. The caller then spends the next 10 – 15 minutes telling me about how a neighbor on their block had a burglar break into the home and stall the new big screen television and x-box and all the liquor in the secret bar downstair.
My immediate thoughts are:
1. How does the one incident equate to a “crime spree out of control”?
2. When did this happen? (It’s surprising how often the response is “last year”)
3. Did the neighbors leave their new big screen container out at the curb announcing to the entire world there is a new big screen available for whoever has the gall to break in and take it?
4. Finally, what are the names of your neighbor kids’ friends who just had a drinking party where they played x-box on a brand new big screen?
A little bit cynical, yes! Still, it’s amazing how often it unfolds just that way. Probably not the tough process you want to hear from the folks who are there to help you in your time of need. The officer who comes to your door may actually ask you those questions, but more likely he or she will conduct a complete investigation and try to put a scenario together that explains why your home was violated and who did it. At some point the officer probably will talk to you about what you can do to make your home a less attractive target for thieves.
He or she will talk to you about Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED), a concept that helps identify different things you can change, like landscaping, lighting and even door and window locks that make your home more secure. The officer will also ask if you are interested in doing something positive to reduce the chances of a repeat event in your neighborhood. If you answer is yes, the officer will tell you about Block Watch.
Block Watches are the single most effective concept that will deduce crime in your neighborhood. Block Watches bring neighborhoods together in an organized effort to watch out for each other and “observe and report” suspicious activity to the police. By working together you will have an observant eye keeping watch, even if you are at work or away on vacation. It will change your thought process and help me reduce the number of frantic phone calls I get.
If you are interested in forming a Block Watch, call Community Service Officer (CSO) Nicki Maraulija at (206) 296-3333. Also, National Night Out, which is dedicated to Block Watches and crime prevention, is coming the first Tuesday night of August. Call CSI Maraujia for registration and program requirements.