President Ethan Bradford called the meeting to order at 7:33, and started by passing the food bank envelope. He introduced V.P. Randy Harkness to explain a fund raiser for Northgate Elementary to buy equipment for the gymnasium including balls, jump ropes and mats. Ethan invited everyone to the Craft Fair at the club on Sunday the 9th that will benefit Mary’s Place and Northgate School this year. Game night will be on the 15th, and the Holiday party will be on Thursday, December 20th from 5 to 8PM.
Ethan introduced our featured speaker, Mary Amberg who is the Crime Prevention Coordinator for the North Precinct. She has held the job for 3 years, and works with groups setting up Block Watch programs. She will also do security assessments for private homes, and works with the community police team which consists of 5 officers who work with chronic issues. Officer Dave Gordon heads that team. She welcomed everyone to email or call and the contact info was on a handout. She explained that the purpose of the block watch program is for neighbors to get to know each other and watch out for each other’s houses. She encouraged everyone to call 911 with concerns about suspicious activity as the police are very data driven, so the more calls, the more attention.
Mary shared recent crime statistics in our area which is called N-2 with boundaries of N115th to N 145th, I-5 to Linden. Comparing statistics of the last 3 months of 2018 to the last 3 months of 2017, burglaries are down from 17 last year to 5 this year. Car prowls are also down from 48 last year to 28 this year„ though she did say that car prowls are probably very under reported. Harassing phone calls are up, license plate theft is up by 1 from last year, and auto theft down by 2 from last year with 15 this year.
Robberies are the same with 4, usually on Aurora, and only 2 involved strangers. Prostitution is up significantly with 20 arrests this year compared to 5 last year, which she attributes to the shutting down of the website Back Page which was the former market place for such activity, forcing the trade out onto Aurora.
She talked about home security issues, encouraging porch lights, clear sight lines for porches and windows, removal of visible ladders, locking windows and doors, good dead bolts, alarm systems and cameras that go to your cell phone when someone rings the doorbell, and again offered home security checks.
The last issue discussed was the homeless situation in the immediate area of N 128th, N 120th, and N 115th and on the Northgate off ramp. The Navigation Team has 8 officers and 20 social works to deal with approximately 600 homeless camps and is overwhelmed. The City Council is calling the shots on the issue, not the police. She did encourage us to continue to report the camping on the “Find It Fix IT” app in the “other “category, then “illegal encampments”.. She said Officer Gordon is happy to ticket a vehicle after 72 hours of parking in the same space.
Meeting was adjourned at 8:51
Respectfully submitted by Shawn MacPherson, Secretary