Glassport Crime Watch News
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|Golden Wellness Club Meeting|
The March 10, 2016 UPMC McKeesport Golden Wellness Club meeting featured two Glassport Crime Watch speakers, Steering Committee members Dave Kowalski and Leslie Craine.
Dave presented a program of useful information and tips for Senior Safety.
|Audience interest and participation was excellent with an interesting variety of attendee questions and comments.|
an explanation of The Reality Tour program which is being
developed by Crime Watch and Glassport Development Corp. as a
multi-community project in the South Allegheny area.
Photos by Crime Watch Steering Committee member Grace Merta
|Officer Garret Kimmel and his K9 partner, Ryker visit GCW|
|On Wednesday, March 2, 2016, Glassport Crime Watch Steering Committee members, Terri Naylor (l) and Leslie Craine, presented Elizabeth Police Department Officer Garret Kimmel and his K9 partner, Ryker, with a Certificate of Appreciation. Officers Kimmel and Ryker presented an excellent program about K9 Officers – Their purpose – How they train – How they Help!|
|Glassport students and adults were all impressed with the outstanding program presented by Officer Garret Kimmel and his K-9 partner, Ryker, as shown by the level of attention given to their presentation.|
|The Wednesday, March 2, 2016 Glassport Crime Watch meeting attendees included members of Queen of the Rosary Church Youth Group as well as the Assembly of God Church Royal Rangers and Girls’ Ministries groups. The program was very well received. All students showed a high level of interest and attention to Officer Kimmel’s explanations and Officer Ryker’s demonstration. Many interesting and informative questions were presented by these student groups.|
Other IMPORTANT Announcements!
Glassport Crime Watch –Eyes on Glassport
We are a group of concerned citizens of Glassport. Many of us have lived here most or all of our lives as have many other residents of Glassport. We grew up feeling safe and were proud to call “Glassport” our home.
Over the past few years, we have had some bad people (criminals) move into our town. These criminals bring drugs and guns into our town. They feel they do not have to work for anything and will steal from those of us who do work hard. They do not care about their own family let alone our family.
They dirty our town with the way they live in many ways.
We want our children to be safe in our town. We want you and your children to feel safe walking down our streets. We want to be proud of our town once again.
We need you to be a part of Crime Watch in any capacity. To be involved, all you have to do is be the eyes and ears of our Policemen. If you notice anything that “just doesn’t seem right”, CALL 911. You can ask to be anonymous and only the dispatcher and officer receiving the call will know your name. It will not be announced over the police radio.
If you would like to be more involved here is a list of some things we are working on as concerned citizens:
1. Keep your home safe—Lock doors (including your vehicles), keep a porch light on at night—these criminals are like roaches—they do not want to be seen! Do not keep money or any valuable items in your car. Many residents now have outside cameras and have aided the police in their investigations of criminal activity. Keep your home and property neat. Trim bushes around walk ways so you and your neighbors have a clear view if needed. Take pride in your home.
2. Community –Know your neighbors. Know who lives in which house and which houses are vacant. Be the eyes of the police. Glassport does many community events along with organizations in our town—participate! Come have fun at our Fireman’s Fair, Church Fair, Car Show, Crime Watch dances, Clean up days, etc. Visit our neighborhood stores and restaurants. At these events, you will get to know your neighbors, your councilmen, your Mayor and a really great bunch of people. You might even make some new friends.
3. Crime Watch Meetings- Come to our Crime Watch meetings held the first Wednesday of each month at 7pm at the Senior Center on Monongahela Ave. We always need more input to help our cause. You can purchase a Crime Watch T-shirt at upcoming events. We want the criminals to know that good will outweigh the bad. That there are more of us than them. Listed on this page are items that have been discussed at our crime watch meetings and will hopefully make a difference in the near future.
1. The Boro has had meetings with Landlords—If they own a home and rent to people who prove to be a nuisance in our neighborhood—the landlord will be fined. If a landlord does not care about our town and who he allows to live here---he will feel the problem in his pocket! Too many absentee landlords is a major problem and hopefully this will make them a little more choosey.
2. Through some research, we have found that any person receiving assistance ( for example, HUD) and causes havoc in the community , could possible lose their assistance. This could be anything from minor violations to felony criminal acts. This type of activity from anyone living in that household could possibly cause them to lose that money for their rent. HUD is also very strict on who lives in that house in which assistance is paying rent. We will continue to research HUD regulations and find out how we, as concerned citizens can report these problem people to HUD. In short, if a person receiving HUD assistance (or a person living in the household that receives assistance for rent) is a nuisance in the neighborhood, the money the landlord receives for rent will stop. The absentee landlords are not going to get their rent.
3. We have policemen at every one of our Crime Watch meetings. Sometimes we are able to get updates on criminal behavior in our community. Of course, we are only hearing what is public knowledge and it is very informative. These policemen put themselves at risk every day to make Glassport safer. They need our help as a community. We urge you to be aware of what is happening around you. Remember, these criminals do not want to be known. Let’s make them feel uncomfortable every time they try to sell their drugs in our town.
Crime Watch tips:
1. Always be aware of what is happening in your neighborhood. Get to know your neighbors and their day to day schedules -- look out for each other. Keep an eye on vacant houses or homes where elderly people live. Lock doors, screens, car doors, etc. Walk around, walk with pets and or friends. Get some relaxing exercise and always be aware of your surroundings.
2. Keep your property cleaned up—trim hedges and bushes that could block your neighbors view of your home.
3. Do not allow strangers in your home. If you are answering your door to a stranger—have your car keys with a panic button in hand—push that button and make a lot of noise if needed. Someone will get curious as to what is going on. Or have your cell phone to your ear as if you are speaking with someone. Never give money to a stranger unless product you are buying is in your hand. Never let anyone see where you keep your money. Remember—any solicitor in Glassport must have a permit from the Boro to sell door to door.
MOST IMPORTANTLY—Call 911 - Be the eyes and ears of our policemen!