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Northwest Voices

Seattle Times letters to the editor

September 15, 2013 at 8:01 AM

Public safety in downtown Seattle

Unpleasant experiences

The intersection of Third Avenue and Pike Street in downtown is among the hot spots where violent crimes have tended to cluster. A Seattle Times study found that 119 incidents in four downtown police beats last month was the highest single-month total in the past five years. [Steve Ringman, The Seattle Times]

The intersection of Third Avenue and Pike Street in downtown is among the hot spots where violent crimes have tended to cluster. A Seattle Times study found that 119 incidents in four downtown police beats last month was the highest single-month total in the past five years. [Steve Ringman, The Seattle Times]

There has been much said and written about the environment in downtown Seattle lately. [“Council, stakeholders discuss downtown crime,” NW Thursday, Sept. 5.]

I have been in the area of Pine and Pike at various times making deliveries, and I have seen so many things I consider disturbing and unsafe.

I am not trained to notice, but I have no problem seeing how it must look to visitors and guests in our city. I see people moving to the other side of the street to avoid contact with someone yelling, panhandling or being a perceived threat to their safety.

I have been in the back of my truck and approached by individuals looking for “free samples,” seen others arguing on the sidewalk and close to fighting and other obvious activities that should not be tolerated.

This happens in the early morning, midday and afternoon, and there has been very little police presence to stop these activities. Why do we have to have a major crime to bring this to a stop?

If I were visiting another city as a tourist and saw this, I would not only leave that area, but also tell others what I saw and encourage them to stay away.

Alan Greear, Maple Valley

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