Some Recent B-Town Crime Reports & Tips To Keep Your Home Safer
Several BTB Readers have been contacting us recently with their own personal crime reports, ranging from break-ins to prowlings to apparent drive by shootings and more.
Here are two recent reports:
BTB Reader Nicole Garnett sent in this report, along with these two pics:
“Last night (Saturday, Jan. 7) between 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. my little brother and I were home alone and heard a crack.
We didn’t think anything of it but this morning when the sun was shining on the window we noticed a crack in the outer pane of it, and this bullet stuck inside.
We later found out that two other houses on my side of the street (164th in Burien) also got their windows shot at.
One of my neighbors has a security camera at his house and saw a white car with a very loud engine drive by and the passenger was shooting.
These three cases have already been reported to the police, but if anyone knows anything please report it to the police so we can catch these people!”
And Nancy Moore reports that her home in Three Tree Point was burglarized on Christmas night (Dec. 25):
“The front door was kicked in, with the door frame damaged…then our house was ransacked and the usual small stuff carted away for cash or drugs (laptops, jewelry, watches, etc.).
I suggest that when residents see any ‘suspicious types’ lurking around the neighborhood that they call 911 immediately.”
On at least one local neighborhood group forum, residents have also been alerting their neighbors about door-to-door salespeople canvassing neighborhoods. Here’s some info we gleaned from one discussion:
- Door-to-door sales are illegal in Burien. But if someone comes to your door “selling” something, they should have a visible ID.
- Police encourage residents who are wary of solicitors to not open their doors, get a good description of them (and car, including license plate numbers), then to call 911 (not the non-emergency number) if there is any suspicion.
- Oftentimes burglars will approach a home, knock on the front door, then if nobody answers, break in through a back door or window. They’ll even case entire neighborhoods and check multiple times over several days so they can steal more.
- As Nancy Moore pointed out, a strong door frame can prevent someone from kicking in your door.
We reached out to Burien Police Chief Scott Kimerer, as well as Sgt. Henry McLauchlan, but neither responded to our query.
Here’s an interactive crime map, which can also be found on our Crime page:
Vigilance, caution and watching out for your neighbors is a good strategy to help reduce crime.
And remember – you can also report crime online to the King County Sheriff’s Office here.
If you have any recent crime news, please email us – we believe that sharing information can be helpful to other B-Town residents.