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Burglars find window of opportunity in Lower Northeast

The 15th Po­lice Dis­trict’s crime stat­ist­ics show most crimes are down or run­ning about the same as last year, says the dis­trict’s com­mand­er, Capt. Frank Bach­may­er.

The ex­cep­tion is burg­lary, Bach­may­er told mem­bers of the 15th Po­lice Dis­trict Ad­vis­ory Coun­cil dur­ing their Nov. 28 meet­ing in the John Perzel Com­munity Cen­ter on St. Vin­cent Street.

Res­id­en­tial burg­lar­ies are up more than 20 per­cent com­pared to last year’s num­bers, the cap­tain said. At one point this year, the in­crease was run­ning about 30 per­cent high­er than last year. However, the pos­it­ive note is that burg­lary ar­rests are up, too, Bach­may­er said.

Dur­ing PDAC meet­ings earli­er this year and in in­ter­views with the North­east Times, the cap­tain had stressed that homeown­ers should take steps to make their houses less at­tract­ive to burg­lars.

Bach­may­er had sug­ges­ted that res­id­ents make sure all doors and win­dows are locked, and that they se­cure win­dow air-con­di­tion­ers so they can’t be pushed out by burg­lars who can eas­ily climb in­to their homes. Timed light­ing and burg­lar alarms are good ideas, he ad­ded.

Dur­ing the meet­ing, the cap­tain also said that any­one who calls 911 to re­port a crime should also try to give the ap­prox­im­ate age of the per­son com­mit­ting the of­fense. The in­form­a­tion can help re­spond­ing of­ficers identi­fy an of­fend­er.

OF­FICERS HONORED

Dolores Bartho­lomew was honored as Au­gust’s Of­ficer of the Month for mak­ing ar­rests in a Pratt Street stabbing and an armed rob­bery on Tor­res­dale Av­en­ue.

Robert Bakos and Sean Quinn were re­cog­nized as Oc­to­ber Of­ficers of the Month for quickly ar­rest­ing a man who al­legedly as­saul­ted and robbed a man near Un­ruh Av­en­ue and State Road. The of­ficers had a total of nine ar­rests dur­ing Oc­to­ber.

Last month, Joseph Tigue and Colin Bro­d­er­ick were named Septem­ber Of­ficers of the Month for mak­ing three nar­cot­ics ar­rests on the 4800 block of Griscom St.

In oth­er busi­ness, Mike Thaete, the PDAC’s chair­man, said the group’s Thanks­giv­ing din­ner for the needy, held at Ma­ter Dol­orosa R.C. Church in Frank­ford, was a big suc­cess. He said all in­volved worked very hard and fed hot tur­key meals to 130 people for less than $300.

PDAC meet­ings and mem­ber­ship are lim­ited to those who rep­res­ent vari­ous neigh­bor­hood or­gan­iz­a­tions, busi­nesses, churches and schools. However, ses­sions of the dis­trict’s three Po­lice Ser­vice Areas are open to the gen­er­al pub­lic and give res­id­ents of the dis­trict — the city’s largest — op­por­tun­it­ies to ex­change in­form­a­tion with the po­lice of­ficers who serve their neigh­bor­hoods.

Two of the three PSAs have meet­ings sched­uled for the re­mainder of Decem­ber.

PSA 2 will meet at 7 p.m. Monday at St. Timothy’s Church, He­ger­man and Dis­ston. The area is in the cen­ter of the dis­trict and also between Roosevelt Boulevard and the Delaware River. It runs north to Magee Av­en­ue, but goes up to Knorr Street between Frank­ford and Tor­res­dale av­en­ues. After Tor­res­dale, the north­ern­most bound­ary of PSA 2 is Un­ruh Av­en­ue.

PSA 1 will meet at 7 p.m. on Wed­nes­day, Dec. 21, in the second-floor meet­ing room of Aria Health’s Frank­ford cam­pus, 4900 Frank­ford Ave. PSA 1 is the bot­tom third of the 15th, from the Frank­ford Creek to Bridge Street, between Roosevelt Boulevard and the Delaware River.

The next 15th PDAC meet­ing will be Monday, Dec. 19, at the John Perzel Cen­ter, 2990 St. Vin­cent St.

Thaete said the group is con­sid­er­ing mov­ing some of its ses­sions to a few dif­fer­ent loc­a­tions in 2012. A full sched­ule of meet­ings will be de­term­ined at the start of the year. ••

Re­port­er John Loftus can be reached at 215-354-3110 or jloftus@bsmphilly.com

You can reach at jloftus@bsmphilly.com.

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