Seattle Police increase patrols following Pioneer Square stabbing

Following a fatal stabbing in Seattle's Pioneer Square Friday night, police have beefed up patrols.

SPD says it'll have additional officers, both uniformed and non-uniformed, patrolling the streets over the weekend. This after two people were stabbed after a Sounders match. Police say it was a random attack that left one man dead and his partner in serious condition at Harborview Medical Center.

Police say they don't want to imply that the victims did anything wrong or could have prevented what happened, but they've provided safety tips to help you avoid danger:

-When out and about, walk alertly, confidently and pay attention to your surroundings; avoid "automatic pilot" and electronic distractions.

-Trust your instincts: pay attention to the uncomfortable feelings that often warn you of potential danger.

-Use common sense; plan your route to avoid dark places and alleyways. Stick to well-lit areas.

-Develop a plan before you see trouble. Crossing a street or entering a store may get you out of a potentially bad situation.

-Carry your purse very close to you preferable with the strap over your shoulder and the purse to the front of your body. Don't dangle it from your arm.

-If you see anything suspicious or something that is potential or actual criminal activity, call 911 and be a good witness from a safe distance.

-Don't compromise your personal safety.

Stephanie Klein, Editor
Stephanie joined the team in February 2008. She has built the site into a two-time National Edward R. Murrow Award winner (Best Radio Website 2010, 2012).
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