Monday, July 22, 2013

GRAFITTI- Help with Removing It

Graffiti continues to be a problem for communities in Snohomish County. For the most part, graffiti is put up by “taggers” who draw on fences, walls and other surfaces what they might consider pretty pictures. Sometimes, graffiti is used by gangs to define their territory.

Removing graffiti can be a pain. But, removal is important to discourage taggers or gangs from coming back. Sometimes removal is easy with paint or a pressure washer. Sometimes graffiti is on special material that you cannot figure how to remove without ruining the surface.

David Croutworst, an active Neighborhood Watch coordinator, has offered to help neighborhoods with graffiti problems. David has experience removing graffiti in his neighborhood that has included several surfaces and situations.

If you would like his help or advice, contact him at:



Wednesday, July 17, 2013


The Silver Firs Homeowners Association has sent out the following alert:

“On Friday, July 12th at 1:10pm a home in the 14400 block of 55th Avenue SE, Everett WA 98208 was burglarized. The homeowner was upstairs helping with children and heard the door open downstairs. Assuming it was their older child-the homeowner later came downstairs to discover the door was wide open.  The older child had been home all along, and the homeowner quickly discovered someone had entered her home and grabbed her wallet and iPhone.  After calling the police and using the 'find my iPhone app' the police found the female suspect at a park and ride in our area. The suspect turned out to be a former neighbor, from a few doors down-the female suspect was arrested and the wallet and phone were returned!”

Note: This incident shows that burglars, even if they take careful measures to determine if someone is home, are at risk of being discovered. Fortunately, the burglar stayed on the first floor and only grabbed what she could see. Otherwise, there could have been a nasty confrontation.

The homeowner acted smartly by calling 911 and using the capability of her smartphone to find it.

Remember keep your doors and windows locked, even if you are at home.


Sunday, July 14, 2013


Do you have a pile of documents with account numbers and other personal information that an identity thief would dearly love to have that you need to destroy. You can take them to the Community Shred and Share event on Saturday, July 27, 2013 hosted by the Washington State Employee’s Credit Union’s Everett Branch between 10am and 1pm at:

404 128th St SW
Everett, WA

This event is in partnership with the Everett Food Bank. A donation of non-perishable food items would also be appreciated.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

SUMMER FUN- Theft Prevention Tips

The Seattle Police Department has published suggestions on how to prevent theft from car prowls, burglaries, and bicycle thefts. Regular readers may be familiar with the tips but it might be worthwhile to review this list anyway:


COMMUNITY POLICING- 12 Ways to Improve Your Neighborhood Right Now

During last night’s Partnership Meeting, Sgt Jim Upton talked about ways to improve your neighborhood. Many of the suggestions are common sense, but others may be things that we don’t normally think about. The beauty is that you can see an immediate improvement to the safety in your neighborhood by implementing just some of the measures.

 To see the list, go to this document from Campbell DeLong Resources: