Monday, May 16, 2011

Seattle Cop Injured in The Jungle

Just one day after I wrote this blog post describing Seattle's notorious area called The Jungle, a Seattle cop was assaulted by a fleeing suspect there.

Here is a news story from KIRO-TV in Seattle about the incident which happened Saturday night.

Car prowling, for those who don't know the term, is when one or more car thieves break into a whole street or neighborhood of cars at the same time, going from truck to car to minivan breaking windows and stealing whatever is inside.  Here is the official Seattle Police description of the practice.

Seattle is coping with an epidemic of car prowling.  In one shocking statistic I could find, in just the last two weeks of November 2009 there were 370 REPORTED vehicle break-ins in just Seattle alone.  And that is just the reported ones.  Few people do anymore.

Read here how suburban Redmond (yes, where Microsoft is headquartered) is coping with its epidemic of car prowling.

Broken car glass on the streets of Seattle is common these days no matter where you go.  And as this incident with the police officer on Saturday night proves, it isn't the IT professionals that work for or the biotech researchers at the University of Washington Medical school who are breaking into the vehicles of hard working decent people at night.

It's the vagrants, runaways, drug addicts, alcoholics, prostitutes, criminals on the run, and assorted mental patients of their meds who use squalid places like The Jungle as sanctuaries from civilization, people so desperate for drug and food money they ransack cars at night hoping to steal whatever they can.

The continued deterioration of the quality of life in the city of Seattle like the epidemic of car prowls is having a profound effect on home prices.

Property values in Seattle continue to decline, in fact, they are now exactly at 2004 levels.

Seven years of appreciation and equity buildup........ POOF!  GONE!

There is a reason for that beyond normal economic conditions, especially since Seattle's local economy held up fairly well in the recession.

Do people want to pay $500,000 for a one bedroom condo if they are greeted with broken glass on the way to work in the morning?