Lower temperatures mean lower crime rates

At 15th PDAC meet­ing, Capt. Frank Bach­may­er dis­cusses drop in crime.


Cops are cool with the cold.

When the temps go down, so do the stats on some crimes, Capt. Frank Bach­may­er said last week.

“We al­ways like to see cold weath­er and snow,” the 15th Po­lice Dis­trict’s com­mand­er said.

As 2011 ended and 2012 began, there were 41 rob­ber­ies all over the 15th, the city’s largest po­lice dis­trict. The weath­er cooled over the next few weeks, and the num­ber of rob­ber­ies went down to 28, the cap­tain said.

The re­cent un­season­ably warm weath­er, however, has robbed po­lice of that yearly drop in the crime rate, Bach­may­er told mem­bers of the 15th Po­lice Dis­trict Ad­vis­ory Coun­cil dur­ing their Jan. 30 meet­ing at St. Joachim’s R.C. Church at Church and Griscom streets.

Cops have been mak­ing rob­bery ar­rests, and Of­ficer James Pu­tro was honored as Of­ficer of the Month for mak­ing some of those busts.

There have been two hom­icides re­cently, Bach­may­er said. One was at Tor­res­dale Av­en­ue and Bridge Street; an­oth­er was on the 4800 block of Long­shore.

The cap­tain said a Frank­ford man was on his front step to have a smoke and was robbed and then wounded by a gun­shot with­in a few minutes.

Rev. Glenn Shep­herd, pas­tor of Camp­bell Afric­an Meth­od­ist Epis­copal Church, asked where are all the guns were com­ing from. Bach­may­er said they are stolen or il­leg­ally pur­chased. They’re stashed all over the place, he said.

“We find guns hid­den on porches,” he ad­ded.

Mike Thaete, PDAC pres­id­ent, said he hoped the or­gan­iz­a­tion could soon spon­sor an­oth­er gun-buy­back pro­gram. Res­id­ents are en­cour­aged to turn over guns with no ques­tions asked, he said. Past pro­grams have been very suc­cess­ful and one such buy­back net­ted 42 weapons, he ad­ded.

To in­crease po­lice vis­ib­il­ity, Bach­may­er said, a foot patrol has been as­signed to the area around Frank­ford Av­en­ue and Foulk­rod Street.

Burg­lary re­mains a nag­ging prob­lem in the 15th — as it is all over the city.

Bach­may­er said po­lice are try­ing to in­form res­id­ents what they can do to pre­vent burg­lar­ies and have made in­form­a­tion avail­able at loc­al su­per­mar­kets.

Mem­bers wel­comed rep­res­ent­at­ives of two new Town Watch groups — May­fair and Wissi­nom­ing. Po­lice ad­vis­ory coun­cil mem­bers must be rep­res­ent­at­ives of oth­er civic or­gan­iz­a­tions, churches, schools or loc­al busi­nesses.

Each po­lice dis­trict is di­vided in­to Po­lice Ser­vice Areas. The 15th has three and a lieu­ten­ant is in charge of each. Lt. Der­rick Wood re­cently was as­signed to PSA1, which cov­ers the south­ern­most part of the dis­trict, in­clud­ing Frank­ford. Lt. Mark Over­wise re­cently came to PSA2, which is in the dis­trict’s cen­ter.

Get­ting the pub­lic to give po­lice tips on on­go­ing crimes could be ac­com­plished by ask­ing loc­al stores to ac­com­mod­ate “No ques­tions asked” boxes in­to which those an­onym­ous tips could be dropped, Wissi­nom­ing Town Watch pres­id­ent Richard Young sug­ges­ted.

The PDAC will move its meet­ings around dur­ing 2012. Al­though mem­bers met at St. Joachim’s on Jan. 30, their next ses­sion will be back at their reg­u­lar gath­er­ing place, the John M. Perzel Com­munity Cen­ter on St. Vin­cent Street. The meet­ing be­gins at 7 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 27. ••


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