Notification of a Criminal Incident
UW Fraternities, Seattle
August 2014 Burglary Series
Eight residential burglaries that occurred in the north of N.E. 45th St. community have been reported to the Seattle Police Department since the first week in August. Many of the crimes were committed in occupied UW fraternity houses. In all of the burglaries, the suspect(s) took electronic items, such as tablet and laptop computers, backpacks and wallets. The crimes occurred primarily in the early morning hours between 2:30 a.m. and 7:30 a.m. The suspect(s) accessed the residences through unsecured or open windows, and doors that may not have been secured. In one instance, a possible suspect was seen in a home and talked with a housekeeper. He was described as a black male, approximately 25 years old, 6’0″, 210 pounds, wearing all black clothing and possibly carrying a black backpack.
The suspect(s) may have also tampered with security cameras at one or more of the residences. These cases are all being investigated by the Seattle Police Department.
If you have any information regarding these crimes please call the Seattle Police Department at 206-684-5735 or the UW Police Department at 206-685-UWPD(8973). If you are the victim of a crime, report it immediately to the police. To report suspicious persons or activity, dial 911.
Crime Prevention Tips for Similar Incidents:
* Make sure all your doors and windows are locked and secured, especially at night.
* Make sure the exterior of your residence is well illuminated.
* Call police immediately if you see anyone suspiciously lurking inside or outside your home.
* Don’t allow strangers into your home.
* Place all valuables such as jewelry, cash or other small items into a secure cabinet, safe or drawer.
* Record the serial numbers of all identifiable items, such as personal electronics.
* Photograph your valuables for easier recognition.
* Develop a personal safety plan.
* Register electronic items with UWPD at http://police.uw.edu
If you suspect criminal activity, some helpful information to pass on to the police:
* Clothing descriptions: look for layers under the visible layer, other distinctive design identifiers, etc.
* Physical characteristics: height, weight, eyes, hair, mannerisms
* Direction of travel (by foot or automobile).
* Suspect vehicle description, including license plate.
* Distinctive marks, scars or tattoos
* Describe any weapons involved.
Contact the University of Washington Police Crime Prevention Sergeant at 206-616-0873 for additional crime prevention information or to schedule a safety & security assessment. At night, call Husky NightWalk at 206-685-WALK (9255) for a UWPD Security Guard escort to various locations on campus, seven days a week.