Burholme Town Watch offers tips to avoid car theft

Po­lice Lt. Frank Schneider offered mem­bers of the Burholme Com­munity Town Watch and Civic As­so­ci­ation a few tips on how they could avoid hav­ing items stolen from their cars.

In­cred­ibly, Schneider said, 74 per­cent of the thefts come from cars with un­locked doors. Many of the thefts take place in the morn­ing, he said.

“Gee. Who is out on the street at eight, nine o’clock in the morn­ing? It’s kids go­ing to school,” said Schneider, com­mand­er of Po­lice Ser­vice Area 3.

Be­sides re­com­mend­ing that drivers lock their doors, Schneider urged them to dis­cour­age thieves by not let any­thing be vis­ible in­side their vehicles.  “If there are two quar­ters ly­ing on the seat,” he said, “they’re com­ing in.”

He noted that crim­in­als will be on the lookout for Christ­mas presents dur­ing the next six weeks.

City Coun­cil­wo­man Maria Quinones Sanc­hez was ex­pec­ted to be the guest speak­er at the Nov. 8 meet­ing, but she was un­able to at­tend.

In oth­er news:

• State Rep. Mark Co­hen (D-202nd dist.), first elec­ted in 1974, pre­dicted that the Pennsylvania Su­preme Court will ap­prove maps passed by the Le­gis­lat­ive Re­dis­trict­ing Com­mis­sion.

If they pass, Co­hen will have more of Burholme in his dis­trict.

Co­hen’s closest of­fice is at 7601 Castor Ave. in Rhawn­hurst. It is open three days a week.

Most of Burholme is now in the 170th dis­trict, rep­res­en­ted by Demo­crat Brendan Boyle. Nick Himebaugh, a Boyle aide, offered no pre­dic­tions on the pending court de­cision.

“It’s any­body’s guess,” he said.

• Paul Scally brought props and read en­ergy-sav­ing tips from, ap­pro­pri­ately, a green piece of pa­per.

Scally ac­know­ledged that wear­ing a sweat­er in­side your home dur­ing the winter will al­low you to save a little on heat­ing costs, but he re­com­mends us­ing seal­ants and caulk to keep cold air out. Sim­il­arly, seal­ing and caulking will keep hot air out in the sum­mer.

A couple of items that he re­com­mends are an Eco­Flow shower head to save wa­ter and a va­cancy sensor to auto­mat­ic­ally shut off lights when nobody is in a room.

• Burholme house­holds and small busi­nesses loc­ated in the 10th Coun­cil­man­ic Dis­trict are per­mit­ted to place their trash out for col­lec­tion two hours earli­er for the next five months.

The pi­lot pro­gram al­lows res­id­ents and mer­chants to be able to place their trash out­side at 5 p.m., rather than 7 p.m., in the months when day­light-sav­ing time is not in ef­fect.

The change is be­ing made for safety reas­ons, es­pe­cially for seni­or cit­izens, who do not feel com­fort­able put­ting out their trash when it is dark.

The pro­gram began on Nov. 1 and will last un­til March 30. It is open to res­id­ents of the 6th and 10th dis­tricts based on the re­dis­trict­ing maps passed by City Coun­cil in Septem­ber 2011. Those maps won’t of­fi­cially change for oth­er city busi­ness un­til the 2015 elec­tion sea­son.

Dur­ing the tri­al peri­od, the streets de­part­ment will de­term­ine wheth­er the pro­gram is work­ing well or if there are prob­lems of any kind.

To find out if you are eli­gible for the pro­gram, go to sev­enty.org, click “Find Your Elec­ted Of­fi­cials” and type your ad­dress in the box. If the names of O’Neill or Coun­cil­man Bobby Hen­on ap­pear, you are eli­gible.

For more in­form­a­tion, call the streets de­part­ment at 215-686-5560. 

• Croce’s Pizza, 7400 Lawndale Ave., fed every­body after the meet­ing.

• Burholme Com­munity Town Watch and Civic As­so­ci­ation will next meet on Thursday, Dec. 13, at 7 p.m., at United Meth­od­ist Church of the Re­deem­er, at Cottman and Lawndale av­en­ues. ••

Re­port­er Tom War­ing can be reached at 215-354-3034 or twar­ing@bsmphilly.com

You can reach at twaring@bsmphilly.com.

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