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Security

Safety

We ask for your help in creating a safe environment!


Let us know about any safety issues you encounter.

This helps us keep track of what’s happening at buildings. You can share with your property manager, resident service coordinator, by calling us at 206-623-0506 or emailing bellwether@bellwetherhousing.org.


Emergencies

If you or someone else are in immediate danger, call 911 if you are able and feel safe doing so. Consider requesting "fire and rescue only" when appropriate (i.e., for behavioral health issues).


Non-Emergency Safety Issues

For non-emergencies requiring a police response, such a reporting a theft or filing a crime report call:

Seattle Police Department Non-Emergency Line: (206) 625-5011

Tukwila Police Department Non-Emergency Line: (206)-241-2121


Theft

If there is a theft, contact the police non-emergency lines listed above. Then, please write an email or note to your building manager ASAP. This provides a written record of the issue and is proof in the event legal action is taken. If the building office is open, you can call your site manager directly. The site manager may unavailable immediately to respond, so this is why reports of non-emergency incidents should be put in writing.


If you need help writing a report or need translation services, please contact your Resident Services Coordinator.


If there is an emergency during business hours, call the police and call the office. The police are best equipped to handle urgent issues and reports of theft.


Door Security

When exiting and entering the building, please make sure that the entrance and exit doors close securely, and that other unauthorized people do not enter behind you. This practice of “tailgating” is one of the main causes of package theft. Do not leave doors propped open or do anything else to disable a door latch. If you notice that a door is not functioning well, please bring those concerns to building management so the door can be serviced or repaired. Keep your apartment door locked and always secured.


Key Security

If you lose your keys or fobs, notify building management immediately so that fobs can be deactivated, and locks changed to help prevent unauthorized access to the property and your apartment. You are responsible for the replacement and lock change fees associated with lost fobs or keys. Lockouts that occur during normal work hours will be done free of charge on the first occurrence. Lockouts outside of normal business hours will require the services of a locksmith and residents are responsible for these costs.


Garage Security

When entering and exiting the parking garage make sure that the garage door completely closes before you leave. Not allowing people to sneak into the garage when you are leaving or entering the garage area helps increase security for the entire community and reduces car prowl risk. Do not leave garage remotes in your car. Personal belongings that are left in your car can also attract car prowlers and thieves. Keep the interior of your car clean and as empty as possible. These actions help improve security in the parking garage.


Apartment Security

Steps that you can take to help secure your apartment includes:

Making sure that windows are closed and locked when you are leaving your apartment even for brief absences and especially when you are going to bed.

You can also install a removable rod in the window tracks for extra security.

Hide valuables and keep them out of plain sight.

Meet your neighbors and become familiar with those around you.

Discuss crime and security in the area and ask trustworthy neighbors to keep an eye out on your place when you plan to be away.

Notify your Site Manager if you will be away for an extended period of time.

Buy a fireproof safe to protect important documents and valuables. If you need help finding or affording a safe, please contact your Resident Services Coordinator.

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