The U District Partnership works to make the U District a safer neighborhood through a variety of different ways...
The UDP coordinates information and activities supporting local law enforcement to stem crime in the area. We run monthly Clean and Safe Meetings where local law enforcement comes and talks to us about what has been happening in the neighborhood over the past month and offers a chance for citizens to ask questions and express concerns. The UDP offers Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) reviews, free of charge, to anyone within the UDBIA. Educating people on how to report suspicious activity and how to prevent crime to themselves and their property are an important part of the work we do here at the UDP.
The UDP works with local law enforcement in the U District to help keep the neighborhood safe. This means working with them to identify hotspots and concerns and come up with ways to tackle these issues. The UDP is active in the University of Washington Police Department’s Campus Security Advisory Committee (CSAS) as well as the Seattle Police Department’s North Precinct Advisory Council (NPAC). The UDP works to sign businesses up for the SPD’s Condition of Entry Program and, for vacant buildings, in the Vacant Building Program.
The U District Partnership’s monthly Clean and Safe Meetings offer a setting for people to talk about safety concerns they are having in the U District. Local law enforcement attends and reports on crime trends over the past month. People are able to share their specific concerns with the police and are able to ask them questions. It is valuable for people to be able to meet the officers that patrol their streets and be able to have open dialogue about public safety in the U District. These meetings are also a time where people learn about safety tips on how to protect yourself from things such as bike theft, car prowling, trespassing, etc.
Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) looks at how a building is designed and used from a crime prevention standpoint and looks at ways that the design can be modified to reduce the likelihood that crime will occur there. Marcus Johnson, the Clean and Safe Program Manager for the UDP, is certified in CPTED and has earned his CPTED Professional Designation (CPD). In 2016, the UDP provided 48 CPTED reviews around the U District. Marcus is available to do a CPTED walkthrough and site review of any property within the UDBIA, free of charge. If you are interested in having a CPTED review of your property done, contact the UDP office and set one up today.