By Pat Murakami, South Seattle Crime Prevention Council President
The community is invited to meet our new Captain for the South Precinct – Captain Steven Paulsen – at the next South Seattle Crime Prevention Council (SSCPC) meeting on Wed., Feb. 6, at 7 pm.
Though crime rates have improved in our community, strong arm robberies and robberies involving weapons are still occurring. They usually involve the victim displaying an electronic device. iPhones, iPads and iPods are of particular interest to the criminals. Wearing white earbuds tells the robbers that you are carrying a product they want. While it is best not to wear earbuds on mass transit or while walking in public, having earbuds of another color other than white is helpful.
Please warn the young people in your life to be very careful with their electronic devices. Several students have been held up at gunpoint while walking home from school, one of them was only 12 years old.
SSCPC meets on the first Wednesday of the month at the Southeast Seattle Senior Center (4655 S. Holly St.) at the southwest corner of Rainier Avenue South and South Holly Street. The meetings begin promptly at 7 pm, ending at 8:45pm. The final 15 minutes of each meeting are dedicated to South Precinct Advisory.
All community members are encouraged to attend. All meetings are open to the public.
Every meeting includes time for community concerns – when you are invited to share concerns about crime or developing problems in your neighborhood. Officers from the South Precinct of the Seattle Police Department attend every meeting to listen to your concerns. The Crime Prevention Council and South Precinct SPD will help address your issues and concerns and offer solutions to remedy the problem.
Photo/SPD: Captain Steve Paulsen joined SPD in the same year as Nolan, 1985. Both men were born and raised in Seattle and have bachelors degrees from Washington universities.