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Burholme successful in providing holiday donations

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Mark Mroz, the com­munity re­la­tions of­ficer in the 2nd Po­lice Dis­trict, had some good news and bad news for mem­bers of the Burholme Com­munity Town Watch and Civic As­so­ci­ation.

Mroz, who ap­peared at the group’s monthly meet­ing last week at an un­heated United Meth­od­ist Church of the Re­deem­er, said the 2nd dis­trict was part of sev­er­al suc­cess­ful hol­i­day ini­ti­at­ives.

Dona­tions by of­ficers across the city helped loc­al dis­tricts pur­chase Thanks­giv­ing din­ner bas­kets for the needy. In the 2nd dis­trict, 30 fam­il­ies be­nefited.

Thanks to a $1,000 dona­tion by Tar­get, five fam­il­ies were able to take part in a “Shop with a Cop” spend­ing spree at the de­part­ment store.

The 2nd and 15th dis­tricts teamed to of­fer a Christ­mas party to 100 second- and third-graders in loc­al Cath­ol­ic, private, pub­lic and charter schools. The guests of hon­or in­cluded needy chil­dren and those who ex­cel in the classroom. The party fea­tured Santa Claus, gifts, a disc jockey, food, drinks, a ma­gi­cian and a bal­loon artist.

Mroz said plan­ning for next year’s party has got­ten off to a good start, as the new Wawa at Tyson Av­en­ue and Roosevelt Boulevard donated $1,000 to the cause.

At the Jan. 12 meet­ing, civic group mem­bers also heard about some rising crime rates.

Mroz said home and com­mer­cial burg­lar­ies are in­creas­ing across the city.

In the last two months, there have been 56 burg­lar­ies — in­clud­ing 44 at private res­id­ences — in the area bordered by Tyson Av­en­ue north to Rhawn Street and Roosevelt Boulevard west to the Mont­gomery County line. Many of the crimes have taken place from 4 to 8 p.m. Po­lice are re­cov­er­ing fin­ger­prints in hopes of mak­ing ar­rests.

Mroz re­com­mends that res­id­ents in­stall a home alarm sys­tem to scare off burg­lars.

The of­ficer also offered sim­pler re­com­mend­a­tions, such as lock­ing win­dows and doors and chan­ging the locks when buy­ing a new home.

Also in the last two months, there have been 29 rob­ber­ies and 33 thefts from autos in the afore­men­tioned bound­ar­ies.

Mroz said car doors should be locked, and valu­ables should not be left on the seats or floor. In cold weath­er, or any time, he urged mo­tor­ists to not leave their cars run­ning while they vis­it a con­veni­ence store.

“Your car is worth more than that cup of cof­fee,” he said.

Mroz called the man who al­legedly shot a car-full of teen­agers in Ju­ni­ata an “idi­ot.”

“We don’t have that type of vi­ol­ence that is go­ing on,” he said, knock­ing on the wood table in front of him.

The Burholme Com­munity Town Watch and Civic As­so­ci­ation’s next meet­ing is sched­uled for Thursday, Feb. 9, at 7 p.m., at United Meth­od­ist Church of the Re­deem­er, Cottman and Lawndale av­en­ues. ••

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