Increased crime a hot topic at Frankford Civic Association meeting

Some res­id­ents who live around the in­ter­sec­tion of Worth and Or­tho­dox streets want to talk to po­lice about loiter­ing, drug sales and pros­ti­tu­tion in their neigh­bor­hood.

Last week, Capt. John Mc­Clo­s­key, the 15th Po­lice Dis­trict’s com­mand­er, said they can do just that at 7 p.m. on June 26 at Aria Health’s Frank­ford cam­pus, 4900 Frank­ford Ave.

A hand­ful of res­id­ents of the small neigh­bor­hood east of Tor­res­dale Av­en­ue brought their con­cerns to the June 5 Frank­ford Civic As­so­ci­ation meet­ing.

They said three area bars closed down re­cently and that fact, along with drug-re­cov­ery houses in the neigh­bor­hood, has res­ul­ted in a lot of people hanging around Worth and Or­tho­dox. Res­id­ent Tom Gitto said you can see all those people and drug sales any time of the day. The cap­tain said po­lice are aware of the neigh­bor­hood’s troubles.

Nearby, there have been three shoot­ings in the past few weeks, Mc­Clo­s­key said. One of them in­volved a young wo­man who was walk­ing home on the 1600 block of Mar­garet Street, he said.

The meet­ing the cap­tain will at­tend is the monthly ses­sion of Po­lice Ser­vice Area 1. The 15th Dis­trict is di­vided in­to three ser­vice areas, and po­lice have ar­ranged to meet with the res­id­ents of each to dis­cuss crime prob­lems and crime-fight­ing strategies. ••

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