Neighbors report drugs, theft on the rise at Seattle Park

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by Natalie Swaby / KING 5 News

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Posted on July 17, 2014 at 11:24 PM

Updated Friday, Jul 18 at 8:49 AM

SEATTLE - Neighbors say crime has increased in the last few weeks at Gilman Park in Ballard.

Mara Lenagie set up a surveillance camera on her property, and she captured video of a man stealing a car near the park on Sunday.

"Just in the middle of a Sunday afternoon, we saw multiple neighbors walking past right before it and right after it," said Lenagie. "We were totally shocked."

In addition to theft, neighbors say "drug use has been on an upward spike."

On the corner near the park's entrance, four drug needles were found in the grass Thursday afternoon.

"Basically it has turned into a drug hub for the local area," said a resident.

The Seattle Police Department's North Precinct reported that complaints about crime in the park were received on Monday. Tuesday an officer met with the community block watch, according to SPD. The North Precinct has increased patrols in the Gilman Park area to address the neighborhood's concerns.

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