According to the SPD blog, a Mount Baker resident thought that two teenagers were acting suspiciously and possibly casing the neighborhood. She called 911 and police officers responded to the area, catching the two kids with stolen computer equipment and a flat screen TV. The kids were booked into juvi hall and the stolen goods were returned to their owner.
The lesson here is to not be afraid of calling 911 when you see suspicious activity. Always call if you see people you don’t recognize going up to doors, poking around properties, or just generally hanging out where they don’t belong. If police are able to respond, they’ll start by asking the subjects what they’re doing. They’ll be left alone if they have a good reason to be there. If not, you’ll at a minimum have let them know that people are watching and it isn’t a free-for-all on your block. And who knows, you might help save your neighbors from being victimized.