A How-To Guide for the Block Watch
West Seattle Blockwatch Captains Network’s milestone meeting PDF Print E-mail
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For the first time since its formation (largely via Facebook group), members of the West Seattle Blockwatch Captains Network met face-to-face this morning. While they all either lead a Block Watch group or are interested in doing so, the new network isn’t part of the official process – it’s born of the fact (as discussed in the WSB Forums a few months ago) that there’s no formal blockwatch-to-blockwatch communications system. (Southwest Precinct Crime Prevention Coordinator Benjamin Kinlow, the area’s point person for Block Watch formation, keeps a list, but that list can’t be shared with members.) Co-organizer Deb Greer shared detailed notes of what they discussed today and what “next steps” they’re planning on – read on:
What can a Block Watch Captain do? PDF Print E-mail
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Know your neighbors

Host Block Watch parties

Do as much as you need and are comfortable with.

Organize area Block Watches for greater effectiveness.


Have City Contacts for all to use. Block Watches should:

• Report Suspicious Behavior to 911

• Report Graffitti

• Report Street Light problems

• Report Abandoned Cars – Call after 72 hours

• Report Illegal dumping

• Report property violations

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Suspicious? Call 911! Trust your instincts - Your neighbors depend on it!


What does the police department need to know when you call?


1. Your EXACT location. This may not always be the same location as where the activity is occurring. If you would like contact from an officer regarding this activity, you must be within the city limits.

2. Responses can be based on whether this crime happened 5 minutes ago or 5 hours ago.

3. What EXACTLY is the suspicious activity? Any suspect information you can provide will be helpful to the responding officer.

4. Weapon information

5. Police will ask for a specific description of subject in this order (race, age, build, hair, clothing top to bottom, outside to inside). If vehicle (color, year, make, body, accessories, license)


Not satisfied with how 911 has handled your call?


Ask for an event number, operator number and note the time called. This can be communicated to the community policing officer (or the 911 supervisor) who can help review if there has been a violation of policy. A case number is assigned when an officer responds.


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The walks are a fun way to meet neighbors and walk part of our area in larger groups. The idea of the walk patrol is to create a visible presence that will help to prevent criminal activity. If the group encounters illegal or suspicious activities, someone calls 911. Participants can choose one of two patrols to join. Lead organizers set these up.

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