Seattle Police Department
Area: Southwest Precinct
2300 SW Webster Street
Seattle, WA 98106-3485
Desk: (206) 256-6820, Cell: (206) 471-2849
Remember to always call 911 to report suspicious activity or crimes in progress!
Language lines for interpretations are available.
General Safety Tips
-Keep your head up and scan your surroundings, avoid ‘auto pilot’. Make eye contact with others so they are aware that you see them. This sends a message that you know they are there, and that you can also identify them if necessary. Walk confidently, project an assertive, confident image.
-Use common sense- plan your route to avoid uninhabited parks, parking lots, garages and alleyways. Stick to well-lit areas as much as possible.
-Develop a plan before you see trouble- crossing the street or entering a store may get you out of a potentially bad situation.
-If a car follows you or beckons you while you are walking- do not approach it, instead turn around and walk quickly in the opposite direction.
-If you are being followed, or you see a person or group that makes you feel uncomfortable, give yourself permission to act, cross the street, walk in another direction, go into a business or ask other people walking if you may walk with them.
-Consider wearing clothing and shoes that you can move freely and quickly in, especially when walking or waiting for the bus.
-Carry minimal items- overloading yourself can make you appear vulnerable.
Safety on the Street
-Be cautious when carrying valuables (including holiday presents, shopping bags, jewelry, money or electronic devices)- keep hidden and/or secured- always keep positive control over your items.
-When using an ATM- choose one located in a well-lit, busy area- like inside a grocery store and always put away your cash and card before leaving. Never display large sums of cash and don’t carry more cash than is necessary.
-Carry your purse very close to your body (preferably with a strap across your body if possible). Avoid walking alone at night.
-Never hitchhike or accept rides from strangers.
-If you are wearing headphones, make sure you are still able to hear outside noise.
Responding to a Confrontation
-If a robber grabs your bag/purse- resist the urge to play tug-of-war. If you hang on chances are- you will be knocked down and further assaulted.
-If someone demands your property and displays or implies in any way that they have a weapon, don’t resist. Your physical property isn’t worth getting injured or killed over.
-Don’t purse the thief, put distance between you and the thief.
Spot and Avoid Potential Trouble
-Be aware of your surroundings and know who is nearby.
-Pay attention to the uncomfortable feelings that often warn us of potential danger. Trust your instincts!