Tensions over burglaries were amped Tuesday night by a local TV news report on the recent string of View Ridge burglaries that have occurred while residents were in their homes, the most recent occurring early Sunday.
Not to stoke the fires but the Laurelhurst Blog also is reporting that since January their neighborhood has had two burglaries that occurred while residents were home asleep. The blog gave no further details but said they were similar to the View Ridge burglaries.
In a two-minute report on KING-5 TV Tuesday night, the reporter describes neighbors feeling fearful and wary of opening their door in the middle of the day.
Police continue to advise homeowners to make sure they lock doors and windows and use their security systems if they have them. Burglars are known for taking the path of least resistance and will try many doorknobs and windows before finding one that opens.
Having said that, a review of Seattle Police statistics shows that burglaries are actually down in the North Precinct the first two months of this year compared to last year. It should be noted, however, that the area as defined by the North Precinct extends well beyond Northeast Seattle and goes as far east as Ballard and north to neighborhoods such as Haller Lake and Bitter Lake.
Specific statistics for View Ridge and Wedgwood were not available, nor were statistics regarding how many break-ins occurred while residents were home.