Crime, Transportation, Volunteering

Community Group Planning Safety Walks at Light Rail Stations

RAINIER VALLEY – In light of the recent increase in violent street robberies throughout the Rainier Valley light rail corridor, a local community group is planning a series of safety walks at area hot spots.

The Southeast Seattle Crime Prevention Council (SSCPC) says it is planning walks – in cooperation with the Seattle Police Department’s South Precinct – at each of the four Rainier Valley light rail stations.

“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.”

Last month, a woman was robbed of her cell phone while sitting on a train at Columbia City station. There were no arrests in the Nov. 16th incident.

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

The first walk is planned for Sun., Dec. 18, at 7 pm at Othello Station. The group will meet in the parking lot of Holly Park Community Church (4308 S. Othello St.).

The second walk is planned for Mon., Dec. 19, at 7 pm at Columbia City Station. The group will meet behind the Boys and Girls Club (4520 Martin Luther King Jr. Way S.)

Safety walks at the Mt. Baker and Rainier Beach stations will take place in early January.