The next Sunset Community Association’s Annual Meeting is set for Wednesday March 27, 6:30 pm. This is open to the whole SCA community — We look forward to seeing you there.
The meeting will be held at City Hall, at 450 110th Ave NE in Bellevue.
Refreshments start: 6:30 pm
Program start: 7 pm.
We’ll hear from the city’s representative on upcoming neighborhood events. That will be followed by both a Bellevue police captain and a detective addressing topics of interest, including the men’s homeless shelter, street parking issues, and crime issues in our area.
Come and listen and bring questions, and vote for next year’s board. And another chance to renew your membership dues at our amazingly still world-record low cost of $10.
Click HERE for our January 2019 newsletter.
Come on out for the Sunset Community Association picnic on September 15, 2018 at Skyridge Park.
Click/tap on the PICNIC picture for more details.
With the help of matching funds from the city of Bellevue, we’ve improved the SCA neighborhood entrance at SE 20th and Kamber Rd, with new masonry and landscaping work. This is across the street from the existing College Hill / Skyridge signpost shown in the second photo.
The SCA neighborhood recently saw installation of a locking mailbox, provided through the postal service. It took a while to work the order through the system, but the USPS provided the mailbox and had it installed without cost to the residents. This effort was led with patient persistence by the neighborhood’s Jeff Callison.
Hopefully this will make it easier for future installations. Minimum size is 8 mailboxes, and all homes in the group need to agree. This can be a great and convenient way to avoid mailbox theft which has occurred in the area recently.
Mailbox Cluster Unit installed in an SCA neighborhood
We are pleased to report our board has implemented a “Neighborhood” on www.Nextdoor.com! This service is free, and is catching on all over Bellevue and across the country. By becoming a “member” of your neighborhood, you will receive emails and news of all kinds pertinent to both your neighborhood, and surrounding neighbors.
Go to www.nextdoor.com, and join the “College Hill/Skyridge” neighborhood. Only homes within our Association borders are able to join. Once a member, you set your password, and your email and notification settings. YOU choose what you want to hear about, and whether you want to hear postings from other nearby neighborhoods. You are also able to post your own news or questions.
A variety of topics pop up in the daily email, covering things like service people queries and recommendations, animal issues, garage sales and items for sale, crime notes, sporting events — something for everyone.
You can opt to have text alerts sent to you regarding crimes or emergencies in the area. There has recently been some valuable information and dialogue about the proposed PSE Power poles which could go up in our backyards! Once a member, spread the word by inviting others to join by email. Contact Jeff or Tom if you have further questions.
Jeff Callison, VP SCA: firstname.lastname@example.org; 425-603-9780
Tom Brennan, SCA Board Member: email@example.com
Hopefully burglary will be an unusual occurrence in our area, but it can happen and it’s good to brush up on some basic steps to help protect yourselves. Here are some notes and suggestions regarding crime prevention, from Bellevue Police Detective Richard Chinn.
First, a couple of recent news stories — click or tap:
Door to door solicitors:
- Do not open the door but verbally answer. Say “No thank you “. Inform your block watch group. If everyone in your neighborhood does the same thing, you will probably get rid of the solicitors a little faster.
- If you want to purchase something I would consider cash and hope you get your item. I would not use your credit card or bank check
Burglary Prevention Tips, things to consider to slow down criminals, in three categories
FIRST LINE OF DEFENSE – Criminal is driving/walking by homes looking for a good target:
- KEEP A CAR IN THE DRIVEWAY OR FILL THE SPACE (IE. PLANTERS)
- IF YOU HAVE YOUR GARAGE DOOR OPENER IN YOUR CAR, DO NOT LEAVE YOUR HOME WHEN YOUR CAR IS PARKED IN THE DRIVEWAY OR ON THE STREET (AN EASY WAY TO GET IN YOUR HOME VIA THE GARAGE DOOR)
- COVER YOUR GARAGE WINDOW SO A BURGLAR CANNOT DETERMINE IF YOUR CAR IS IN THE GARAGE OR NOT (IE. ARE YOU HOME OR NOT)
- CONSIDER A FENCE THAT YOU CAN SEE THROUGH
- CUT SHRUBBERY TO A LOW LEVEL(ESPECIALLY AROUND WINDOWS AND DOORS)
- GET A LOCKING MAILBOX( STOPS MAIL THEFT BUT MAKES IT HARDER FOR BURGLAR TO DETRMINE IF YOU ARE NOT HOME)
- PICK UP NEWSPAPER-ASAP
- RETURN GARBAGE BINS/RECYCLE BINS- ASAP
- LOOK AT WHAT YOU HAVE IN THE YARD THAT COULD BE USED AS A LADDER (IE. RECYCLE BINS)
- ALARM YARD SIGN (EVEN IF YOU DO NOT HAVE AN ALARM)( FRONT AND BACK)
- SIREN OUTSIDE, IN EASILY SEEN AREA (EVEN IF YOU DO NOT HAVE AN ALARM)
- EXTERIOR/ INTERIOR LIGHT (CONSIDER A MOTION SENSOR LIGHT OR A LIGHT WITH A DUSK TO DAWN FEATURE)
- LOCK YOUR LADDER AND HAVE YOUR NEIGHBORS DO THE SAME (IT CAN BE USED FOR A SECOND STORY ENTRANCE)
- MAKE SURE YOUR LOCKS HAVE BEEN RE-KEYED PRIOR TO MOVING IN TO A NEW HOME.
- IF YOU HAVE AN OLDER GARAGE DOOR OPENER MAKE SURE YOU CHANGE THE PIN CODE. IF YOU HAVE A NEWER GARAGE DOOR OPENER MAKE SURE YOU COMPLETELY CANCEL OUT THE OLD REMOTES AND THEN RE-PROGRAM THE GARAGE DOOR OPENER WITH THE REMOTES YOU WANT.
SECOND LINE OF DEFENSE — The criminal has chosen your home and is examining where to enter:
- ALARM WITH VERY LOUD SIREN AND STROBE
- ALARM STICKERS ON WINDOWS
- USE YOUR LOCKS: WINDOWS, DEAD BOLT (USE A QUALITY DEADBOLT )
- REMEMBER THAT A FENCE IS NICE FOR PRIVACY BUT IS ALSO NICE FOR A BURGLAR
- SECURITY FILM ON LOWER WINDOWS, SLIDING GLASS DOOR, FRENCH DOOR, OR ANY AREA THAT MAYBE VULNERABLE. CHECK YOUTUBE FOR “SECURITY WINDOW FILM”
- CONSIDER A BELL ON YOUR FENCE GATE OR LOCK IT
- LARGE STRIKE PLATE WITH LOTS OF LONG SCREWS (BIGGER THE BETTER)
- DOOR REINFORCER
- CONSIDER LARGE CRUSHED GRAVEL AS A MULCH IN STRATEGIC AREAS (MAKES NOISE)
- VIDEO SYSTEM
- DOGGIE DOOR- POSSIBLE ENTRY POINT
THIRD LINE OF DEFENSE — The criminal has entered:
- MARK HOUR PROPERTY
- LOCK THE DOOR BETWEEN THE GARAGE AND YOUR LIVING SPACE
- KEEP SERIAL NUMBERS OF PROPERTY IN A SECURE AREA
- VALUABLES GO TO THE SAFE DEPOSIT BOX
- DO NOT STORE YOUR JEWELRY IN THE MASTER BEDROOM. KEEP VALUABLES IN A CREATIVE AREA. MAKE SURE YOU KEEP A RECORD OF LOCATIONS AND PUT THIS RECORD IN A SAFE OR SAFE DEPOSIT BOX, BE CREATIVE
- KEEP A PHOTO OR VIDEO LOG OF YOUR PROPERTY ESPECIALLY JEWELRY OR ODD ITEMS
- UNDERSTAND YOUR INSURANCE POLICY COVERAGES
- LOCK YOUR GUNS/ RIFLES
- LOCK UP SSN CARDS, PASSPORTS, AND ANY OTHER IMPORTANT PERSONAL DOCUMENTS
- VERY LOUD INTERIOR SIREN
- SHRED PAPER WORK WITH ANY PERSONAL INFORMATION
- CONSIDER A BLOCKWATCH
- SAFES- IT DEPENDS, HEAVY!! HOW IS IT SECURED?
Mole problems in your yard? Come to the SCA annual meeting at Bellevue City Hall, Thursday Feb 28, starting at 6:30 p.m.
Among other things, we’ll have a discussion of how to deal with moles.
Updated Dec 2012
The Sunset Community Association is a neighborhood located near the geographical center of Bellevue, in an area sometimes referred to as College Hill or part of West Lake Hills. As shown on the lower map, it’s bordered approximately by 145th Ave SE, parts of SE 24th St and Kamber Road, and the greenbelt running just east of Richards Road.
This neighborhood association includes about 450 households. The sub-divisions in SCA are:
- Brentwood Acres
- Bellevue Wood
- College Hill
- Kamber Road
- Liberty Green
- Logan Place
- Parkland Estates
- Park Lane
- Sunset Ridge
- Windcrest Ridge
SCA Neighborhood -- click for larger image
The Bellevue map was taken from the city report at this link.