ECC public safety and emergency management
The Eastlake Community Council is committed to making our neighborhood as safe from crime and disasters as it can be. If you are aware of any fire, explosive risk, or crime that is about to occur, is in progress, or is very recent, please call 911 immediately. Additional phone numbers, e-mail addresses, and web sites can be found on this web site’s hot line page, which you can reach by clicking here.
Fire Station 22 is just east of I-5 at 805 E. Roanoke Street. If you know of a fire or potential for explosion, call 911.
Seattle’s Emergency Management Division is in the Police Department. For info, videos and free trainings on emergency preparedness: click here or dial (206) 233-7123. Please let ECC know if you’ve taken one of these trainings. Also, see ECC’s emergency preparedness web page, which is in the column at right.
911 and (206) 625-5011
Our brave police officers are the first to say that they can’t do it alone. They urge you to call 911 right away if you see any law-breaking or expect it to occur imminently. Police can’t respond if you don’t alert them, and are more likely to patrol our neighborhood if there is a pattern of past calls to 911. Nothing is too small to report, and a crime need not have been committed. Calls can be anonymous, but it is best to give your name (you can ask that it be withheld from public disclosure). There is a record made of each call; if you plan to request the record, ask the call-taker for the event number. The 911 system has plenty of capacity, so you won’t compete with another call that you fear could be more urgent. The operators are professionals who know where to refer your call.
An alternative to 911 is the Police Department’s “non-emergency” number, (206) 625-5011 (then dial 2 and then 8 to reach a dispatcher). This is for questions about something suspicious occurring in your neighborhood, and you are not sure it is criminal activity; to report a non-emergency crime that did not just occur, and the suspects are not in the immediate area; or to report a nuisance, such as a noise or parking complaint. But please call one or the other number when you see suspected or actual law-breaking.
Formerly split between two police precincts, in 2015 Eastlake became entirely a part of the West Precinct, whose boundaries also include South Lake Union and downtown. An ECC representative attends monthly meetings of the West Precinct Advisory Council, an official City advisory board. If you have suggestions on anything you wish the ECC representative to bring up the advisory meetings, please contact ECC at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Your input welcome and needed on micro-policing priorities for Eastlake The Seattle Police Department regularly seeks input from neighborhood residents and businesses about its law enforcement priorities for Eastlake, which are currently: burglaries; car prowls/auto thefts; issues related to homeless population (encampments, public intoxication, needles, etc.); and traffic (cut through traffic in neighborhoods, speeding around TOPS school). These priorities are discussed twice annually at public meetings,, and you can also comment by e-mail. Please send suggestions to the Eastlake Community Council at email@example.com. and to the West Precinct’s Community Police Team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Best practices to deter break-ins
Victims of burglary often regret not having taken basic steps to reduce the risk. Cars, homes, and businesses are much more likely to be broken into if desirable loot can be seen through the windows. And many break-ins occur through unlocked doors–even while the owner is gardening outside. A thief recently arrested in Seattle’s North end told detectives she was surprised how many people leave their house keys out in mailboxes or on the porch. Experienced burglars can often find a key you think is well hidden under a welcome or paving stone, in flower pot, etc.
Eastlake would be a safer neighborhood if more neighbors exchanged phone numbers, e-mail addresses, Twitter and Facebook accounts, and made more effort to know one another. Please take the initiative with your neighbors on mutual alerts and problem-solving about suspicious or risky situations. For advice on crime prevention, click here. “Block watch” doesn’t have to involve a whole block; there is safety also in cooperation of several residences or businesses, a houseboat dock, or even within a single apartment, condo, or office building.
Organize an August 2 street, driveway, or yard party
On the first Tuesday in August, block parties are free of the need for a permit or fee and from onerous insurance requirements. “Night Out” is a national event to help neighbors meet each other, toward starting a block watch and preparedness team; Police and Fire officers can also drop by. At ECC’s encouragement, more of these events are being held than ever before, and they needn’t be in the street (most are small enough to be held in a yard or driveway). Of course, such events can also be held anytime during the year, but on August 2, 2016 the normal requirements for using the street are waived, but only if you register. It’s not too early to start planning for such an event for your own block, dock, or building. See the Police Dept. web site at http://www.seattle.gov/police/nightout/default.htm for background. To connect with others in Eastlake who’ve organized one of these events in the past or who would like to help you organize one on your block: email@example.com or (206) 322-5463.
While there are reputable salespeople, others use the pretense of sales or requests to use the bathroom, the phone or for a drink of water to gain illegal access to your home. An unacknowledged knock could invite a break-in, but you are not required to open your door, and it may be advisable to speak to strangers through your door. If requested, sellers are required to leave the premises immediately. It is unlawful for any residential seller to attempt to gain admittance for the purpose of selling at any residence with a sign that says, “No agents,”, “No solicitors”, or “no peddlers.” Call 911 if you feel intimidated, pressured, or threatened, or think your neighbors may be in jeopardy. Questions and concerns are also welcome at the Police non-emergency number (206) 625-5011 (dial 2 and then 8 to reach a dispatcher) and the ECC addresses of firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com.
Upon contacting a prospective buyer, sellers are required to disclose their name, company, and what they are selling; they are required display on their outer clothing a badge with their photo and who they are soliciting for. All are required to have a Seattle license with the name of the agent and the type of product or service being sold; call (206) 684-8136 during business hours to check if there is a license on record. Read carefully anything you are to sign. Police Department advise not to pay on the spot (funds often disappear without result), but rather to order from the company or receive a bill upon receipt of the product or service. For any purchase, the salesperson and the contract must state your right to cancel within three days any purchase of $25 or more made from a door to door solicitor. Never be afraid to say “No.” If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
Quick removal of graffiti discourages taggers, who may be gang-related. The City requires landowners to remove it promptly, and promises immediate action on public property. Report graffiti (and water pollution and illegal dumping) at (206) 684-7587; or by clicking here. To join ECC’s effort against graffiti: firstname.lastname@example.org.
July 4 crowds and traffic
Information on the events at both ends of the lake (Gas Works Park and Lake Union Park) can be found on the SeaFair web site. In preparation, Police will block off some streets, make others one-way,prohibit some parking and restrict entry except for residents and their guests (who are encouraged to arrive by 5 p.m.—earlier this year). Click here for a summary of the street and law enforcement plans expected to be in effect on July 4. Please don’t shoot off illegal private firecrackers and skyrockets, which endanger life and property, and cause trauma to pets, some lost forever (see p. 18 of the summer 2014 Eastlake News, accessible at right). Please contact ECC at email@example.com about July 4 with any questions, updates, or after-action advice for next year.
The Eastlake Community Council welcomes and needs your ideas and questions about crime issues and prevention, about any recent experiences you have had, suggestions on neighborhood policing priorities, suggestions for making Eastlake safer, crime problems that may need more police presence, or issues of police follow-up regarding any crime issue. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or by U.S. mail at 117 E. Louisa St. #1, Seattle, WA 98102-3278