Crime, Volunteering

Community Group Combats Crime With Neighborhood Safety Walks

RAINIER VALLEY – A local community group is working to take back Southeast Seattle streets after an increase in violent street robberies throughout the Rainier Valley light rail corridor.

The Southeast Seattle Crime Prevention Council (SSCPC) – in cooperation with the Seattle Police Department’s South Precinct – has already held two safety walks at area hot spots.

SPD has reported that each of the four Rainier Valley stations – Mount Baker, Columbia City, Othello and Rainier Beach – are attracting robbers who target victims that are distracted by phones or iPods.

“We are looking for community members who will volunteer to walk in groups for several blocks in each direction from the stations, looking for areas where safety improvements can be made,” said SSCPC President Pat Murakami. “Bring a flashlight, note pad and pen for taking notes about areas needing improvement.”

The next safety walk is planned for the Mt. Baker Station Area on Sun., Jan. 22, at 7:30 pm. The group will meet in the southeast corner of the QFC/RiteAid parking lot.

The following day, Mon., Jan. 23, at 7:30 pm, a safety walk is scheduled for the Rainier Beach Station Area. The group will meet in the parking lot at Quality Rentals.

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3 Comments on "Community Group Combats Crime With Neighborhood Safety Walks"

3 years 10 months ago

As a recent crime target (choosing not to say ‘victim’) and a power user of the RB station, I’m definitely attending the walk on Monday. I don’t expect it to make an overnight improvement, but I feel like I have to at least meet the other people trying to make my neighborhood safer. I’m tired of the mounting sense of dread I feel whenever I take the light rail home, even just a little bit outside of the commuter hours.

Tom T
3 years 10 months ago

It’s worked pretty well in Columbia City but it took a long time. Persistence pays.

Sam P.
3 years 10 months ago

Last time I did a safety walk in Hillman City, the crack dealers sold their drugs to people driving by in cars, right in front of us. They didn’t care. When we stoood and watched, they simply took their business back from Rainier a couple of blocks. Then they came back to Rainier as we left the area.

Nothing changed.