Tire slashings still has Mayfair folks steaming


Capt. Frank Bach­may­er, com­mand­er of the 15th Po­lice Dis­trict, was ex­pect­ing to take part in a routine May­fair Town Watch meet­ing on Feb. 27 about the Sham­rock Shuttle.

The four tele­vi­sions news vans parked out­side the May­fair Com­munity Cen­ter were the first in­dic­a­tion that the meet­ing agenda had changed.

The crowd spent about 10 seconds talk­ing about the Shuttle and a guar­an­tee from bar own­ers that they’d rent more port­able toi­lets for this past Sat­urday’s pre-St. Patrick’s Day cel­eb­ra­tion than they did in past years.

The rest of the dis­cus­sions centered around slashed tires on the 4000 blocks of Aldine and Tees­dale streets, stolen tires on the 3200 block of Prin­ceton Ave. and cars van­dal­ized with spray paint.

“I’m pissed off as much as every­body else is,” Bach­may­er said.

The po­lice com­mand­er was joined by In­spect­or John Heath, com­mand­er of the North­east Po­lice Di­vi­sion, and Shar­on Krause, com­munity re­la­tions of­ficer in the 15th dis­trict.

Sup­port­ing the May­fair or­gan­iz­a­tion were the 15th Po­lice Dis­trict Ad­vis­ory Coun­cil and Town Watch and civic as­so­ci­ation groups from Brides­burg, Frank­ford, Wissi­nom­ing, Ta­cony and Holmes­burg.

Milt Mar­telack, pres­id­ent of May­fair Town Watch, is con­fid­ent the van­dals will be ap­pre­hen­ded if they strike again.

“If you’re go­ing to play with fire long enough, you’re go­ing to get burnt,” he said.

Mar­telack said May­fair has plenty go­ing for it, cit­ing strong com­munity or­gan­iz­a­tions, a newly built play­ground and up­com­ing events such as an East­er egg hunt and a run/walk to be­ne­fit the col­lege-age chil­dren of po­lice of­ficers and fire­fight­ers killed or dis­abled in the line of duty.

The Town Watch pres­id­ent made a pitch for new patrolling mem­bers. A cer­ti­fic­a­tion class is sched­uled for Monday from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the May­fair Com­munity Cen­ter, 2990 St. Vin­cent St.

The patrols can be ef­fect­ive in pre­vent­ing crime, Mar­telack said, adding that mem­bers can vo­lun­teer for as little as an hour a month.

Hank Bick­el, a res­id­ent of the 3000 block of Knorr St., said the mere pres­ence of people on their porches at night can pre­vent crim­in­al acts. He and some neigh­bors have reg­u­lar “Knorr Street Town Watch meet­ings” — they sit out­side of their homes drink­ing beer.

“Nobody’s break­ing win­dows on thirty-hun­dred Knorr,” he said.

As for the re­cent crime spree, Bach­may­er has met with res­id­ents and even gone on late-night patrols him­self. He also at­ten­ded Monday night’s crime and pub­lic safety for­um sponsored by City Coun­cil­man Bobby Hen­on.

The po­lice com­mand­er didn’t want to give a spe­cif­ic crime-fight­ing plan but men­tioned there are beefed-up patrols, in­clud­ing the use of plain­clothes of­ficers. Mean­while, North­east De­tect­ives is in­vest­ig­at­ing earli­er evid­ence and tips.

Bach­may­er told the crowd that there have been ar­rests for stolen tires on the 7600 block of Craig St. and the 1400 block of Ros­a­lie St.

Most people agree that the thieves are us­ing pro­fes­sion­al equip­ment to take four tires in a short amount of time.

“It prob­ably takes two to three minutes,” Bach­may­er said.

The po­lice of­fi­cial said dis­trict per­son­nel reg­u­larly look for tru­ants and curfew vi­ol­at­ors.

Oth­er com­plaints in­cluded young hockey play­ers hit­ting parked cars, people root­ing through re­cyc­ling buck­ets and young people hanging out at Wal­greens.

For more in­form­a­tion, e-mail may­fair­town­watch@gmail.com or check out the group’s Face­book page.

In oth­er news from the meet­ing:

• Lisa Dee­ley, an aide to Hen­on, an­nounced the coun­cil­man’s new Bad Neigh­bor Ini­ti­at­ive. Com­plaints about weeds, trash and oth­er nuis­ance prop­er­ties can be re­por­ted to the Coun­cil of­fice at 215-686-3444 or www.bobby­hen­on.com

• There will be a beef-and-beer fund-raiser to be­ne­fit the May­fair and Ta­cony/Holmes­burg Town Watch groups this Sunday from 4 to 7 p.m. at Reale’s Sports Bar & Grille, at 7233 Frank­ford Ave.

Tick­ets cost $25 and are avail­able at the door. Call 215-983-9600. ••


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