Perhaps there's some consolation in knowing of the apparent correlation between the less-than-Springlike weather we've been having and the low level of crime in the neighborhood over the past month. As the temperature rises each year, the crime rate in Madison Park seems to increase. So enjoy the wind, rain and cold (not to mention the occasional hail storm)* while it lasts. Your car and your house are each less likely to be broken into while winter holds. For that matter, your chances of finding used syringes in the alley behind your house (or on your front steps) are also lessened.
We haven't been exactly crimeless since our last Police Blotter on March 17, but nearly so. There were two car thefts during the period: one on the 1100 block of 36th Avenue E. on March 31, and one on the 2000 block of 41st Avenue E. on April 7. Additionally, there were three car break-ins (aka prowls): one on E. Foster Island Road in the Arboretum on March 23, one on the 3200 block of E. Madison St. on March 26, and one on the 3100 block of E. Madison St. on March 27.
A theft was reported on the 900 block of E. Mercer St. on March 23. The only other crime reported during the period was a case of credit card fraud. The victim, located on the 1800 block of 43rd Avenue E., told police he had discovered that four unauthorized charges totaling $1,700 had been made to his credit card on one day earlier in the month. The police report indicates that the investigation is still open.
[*UW Meteorologist Cliff Mass reported today that our Spring is, at this point, the second coldest on record (there was a slightly colder one in the early 1950's). There have only been two days since March 21 that the temperature was above 55 degrees, he says. He doesn't mention the advantage of lower crime as an offset to this arctic situation, however. The Madison Park Blogger, meanwhile, was unembarrassed (though made fun of by various passersby) yesterday for wearing both his heavy winter coat AND earmuffs while out walking the dogs.]