My family and I have lived near Garfield for 2+ years. We’ve lived in other parts of the CD for 20+ years.
We’ve always had random car vandalism and break-ins–broken antennas; several break-ins to steal loose change out of our glove box; car stolen once but recovered (stripped, of course). This all occurred in a different neighborhood, which was much less residential (Pike/Pine)–therefore, the vandalism was easier to chalk up to transient visitors to the neighborhood, out for a “good time” of drink and property destruction. (The car theft was a different matter–we thought it was most likely someone from a neighboring house that was full of sketchy characters). Our car wasn’t isolated for the damage or break-ins–when it happened in that neighborhood, we’d notice other cars had also been vandalized/broken into.
Now, we live in a neighborhood which is residential. Granted, it does seem to be a through-way for people dealing at 23rd and Cherry, headed south of Yesler and vice versa. We’ve also had an issue with one of our neighbors (which I will not go into here). That incident occurred almost two years ago.
Since moving in, we’ve had our car repeatedly scratched. And when I say scratched, I mean deep gouges where they run some tool (keys, screwdriver?) down the length of our car. My husband has sanded and painted countless times in order to hold off the rust. On several occasions, he’s walked up and down the street to see if other neighbors’ cars have been scratched. Our car seems to be the target, as no one else has problems. The gouges are getting deeper–my husband just reported some to me yesterday morning, and he feels that whoever is doing it is getting bolder.
Last night, our car was broken into. They stole our (very old) battery charger and a new package of Costco toilet paper (!?) They probably also tried to steal our new car battery, but were interrupted and didn’t complete the job.
I’m not sure if these are even related incidents. But I’m wondering if anyone else in the south of Cherry/north of Yesler/east of 23rd/west of MLK area has had recurrent problems with car vandalism and theft. I feel kind of stupid even asking, as it seems to be a part of city life. However, we feel kind of targeted and are looking for reassurance that this isn’t the case.
I’m reporting these incidents to the SPD.
If this has been a problem for you, what have you found helpful in deterring it? I say hello to everyone who walks by, am friendly with the neighbors, etc etc. Our block does not have a block watch, but that seems like it would be of little help.
My husband is keen to get one of those home monitoring camera systems so that he can try to catch the suspect(s) in the act. I feel like it’s a waste of money, but I’m also concerned about continued theft and possible escalation to home break-ins. We have young kids, and worry for their safety.
Thanks for any input.