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2nd district is set for Community Day

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Neigh­bors can get some great free­bies, meet loc­al fire­fight­ers and mem­bers of sev­er­al po­lice units, get in­form­a­tion from vari­ous state and loc­al agen­cies and meet elec­ted of­fi­cials on Sat­urday, May 19, dur­ing the 2nd Po­lice Dis­trict Ad­vis­ory Coun­cil’s eighth an­nu­al Com­munity Day.

Any­one with doc­u­ments that need shred­ding can get that job done at Com­munity Day in the Tar­get park­ing lot, 7400 Bustleton Ave., Larry Genetti, PDAC treas­urer, said dur­ing the or­gan­iz­a­tion’s April 10 meet­ing at the Phil­adelphia Prot­est­ant Home.

Also, with sup­port from state Sen. Christine Tartagli­one, there will be free child fin­ger­print­ing, bike re­gis­tra­tion and VIN etch­ing, Genetti said.

The Rotary Club of North­east Sun­risers, Frank­ford North­east Rotary Club, Life Cycle Solu­tions and the Phil­adelphia Chil­dren’s Found­a­tion will ac­cept un­wanted elec­tron­ics for dona­tion or re­cyc­ling.

Pet food dona­tions also will be col­lec­ted.

Rep­res­ent­at­ives of the po­lice K-9, crime scene, mar­ine and coun­terter­ror­ism units will be on hand, too.

The event will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., but those with bikes can start at 9 a.m. for a 12-mile ride through the 2nd dis­trict, Genetti said.

This year’s cyc­ling event has been named the Ken Hy­ers Me­mori­al Bike Ride to hon­or the memory of the long­time civic act­iv­ist who died last year. Hy­ers, who had been the group’s vice chair­man, had been elec­ted chair­man in late 2010. He found out he was ill and nev­er took of­fice.

Genetti said the or­gan­iz­a­tion was still look­ing for vo­lun­teers to help with Com­munity Day and for Of­ficer Ap­pre­ci­ation Day, which is sched­uled for June 9 at the 2nd Po­lice Dis­trict headquar­ters, at Har­bison and Levick streets.

Vo­lun­teers can call 215-342-8946 or e-mail 2nd­p­dac@gmail.com

Capt. Mi­chael Mc­Car­rick, the dis­trict’s com­mand­er, said there had been a rise in burg­lar­ies in the dis­trict, but crime’s stats have come in­to line with last year’s num­bers.

He warned res­id­ents that con men im­per­son­at­ing util­ity em­ploy­ees have been work­ing the area, usu­ally tar­get­ing seni­or cit­izens. The crim­in­als get in­to homes un­der false pre­tense and then burg­lar­ize the res­id­ence or rob oc­cu­pants. They tar­get older people be­cause they quickly move on, some­times to oth­er states, be­fore re­turn­ing to an area, and feel seni­ors either might prove un­re­li­able wit­nesses be­cause of fail­ing eye­sight or hear­ing or, even worse, the vic­tims might have passed away.

This crime seems to crop up every spring, the cap­tain said, and the crim­in­als work­ing this year “are more ag­gress­ive than the pre­vi­ous groups.” ••

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