The River Wards spend a Night Out against crime

Res­id­ents from across the River Wards took to the streets in a show of sup­port for neigh­bor­hood-run anti-crime ef­forts on Na­tion­al Night Out.

A lucky young­ster takes a seat on a po­lice of­ficer’s bike at Port Rich­mond’s Na­tion­al Night Out. SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

Na­tion­al Night Out, a na­tion­wide aware­ness-rais­ing event meant to bring at­ten­tion to anti-crime ef­forts, was cel­eb­rated all over Phil­adelphia last week, on Tues­day, Aug. 6.

In Fishtown, neigh­bors gathered at Het­zell Field from 6:30 to 8 p.m. 

Neil Brech­er of the River Wards Crime Watch, who helped or­gan­ize the Night Out, said the RW­CW is work­ing on im­ple­ment­ing a block cap­tain pro­gram that will, hope­fully, be a more sus­tain­able mod­el than ex­ist­ing ones, he said. The 26th po­lice dis­trict PSA3 is the largest PSA, Po­lice Ser­vice Area, of the dis­trict, and cov­ers a bit of North­ern Liber­ties, all of Fishtown, East Kens­ing­ton and Olde Rich­mond.

“We’re look­ing to have people cov­er a smal­ler area of patrol, only a four-block ra­di­us,” Brech­er said. “That way, you don’t have to spend hours patrolling. You could do four blocks in a com­mer­cial break.” 

Brech­er ad­ded that RW­CW also wants to en­cour­age people who walk their dogs to be “eyes and ears” in the neigh­bor­hood, since they are already out walk­ing around. Cit­izen “eyes and ears,” he said, as­sist the over­worked of­ficers of the dis­trict in keep­ing an eye out for crime.

Most neigh­bors at the Night Out event waited in line to re­gister their chil­dren with the New York Life’s Child ID Pro­gram, which links chil­dren’s in­form­a­tion and ad­dresses to the loc­al po­lice de­part­ment in the case of an Am­ber Alert.

Neigh­bors at oth­er Night Out events in the city could also re­gister for the anti-burg­lary Op­er­a­tion ID and Sa­fe­Cam pro­grams.

Learn more about Sa­fe­Cam at sa­fe­cam.philly­po­, and Op­er­a­tion ID at blog.philly­po­­er­a­tion-id-pro­gram-launch­ing-today

The biggest crime is­sue in Fishtown, Brech­er said, is car break-ins. But all in all, he said, he truly feels Fishtown is a safe neigh­bor­hood. 

In Port Rich­mond, neigh­bors met at The Home De­pot, 2539 Castor Ave., from 6 to 10 p.m., to gath­er in­form­a­tion from the Phil­adelphia Po­lice De­part­ment’s 24th Dis­trict of­ficers, Port Rich­mond on Patrol and Civic, the Com­munity Life Im­prove­ment Pro­gram, ADT Home Se­cur­ity, the Phil­adelphia More Beau­ti­ful Com­mit­tee, and more. 

State Rep. John Taylor (R-177th dist.) was also in at­tend­ance to meet with neigh­bors. 

In Brides­burg, a group of loc­al res­id­ents gathered at the Brides­burg Re­cre­ation Cen­ter, 4601 Rich­mond St. Phil­adelphia fire­fight­ers who were present from En­gine 33 let chil­dren have a look in­side a fire en­gine and answered ques­tions. ••

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