The Bethel Park Police Department will be hold a Crime Watch Meeting on Tuesday 11/19/2013 at the Bethel Park Community Center at 6:30 PM. The purpose of this meeting is to talk about Crime Watch activities, recruitment, and to discuss current criminal activity. We hope all of you will consider attending and bring a guest!
Future Meetings: Tuesday 12/17 (Social Gathering after the meeting)
November 2013 Crime Watch Agenda
Pledge of Allegiance
- Recruitment: Currently at 1072. We want to get to 1500. If you move out of the area or change email addresses, please be sure to notify me so I can make the change.
- Citizen Police Academy: Applications are available online for next year. I really want a class of 40-50 again this year. If you think that the Academy is of interest to you, please get your application in now. You can always say no later, but once the class is full I cannot add you. Please consider joining!
- There continue to be thefts from unlocked vehicles both in Bethel Park and neighboring communities. The thefts are very sporadic, but they continue to happen. These thefts will become more numerous with the holidays approaching. Please do not leave valuable items in your vehicle. Also consider the fact that if a person can access your vehicle, they can probably also access your home with the garage door opener that is built into the car. LOCK YOUR DOORS!
- There have been several burglaries recently. Please be alert and watch for people in the rear yards of your neighbor’s homes. If someone seems out of place, give us a call and let us check them out.
- Scams: There continues to be new scams. They all seem to prey on seniors, and they use the tactic that everything must be done fast and methodically. A big part of the scam is THEY stay in control. Please, if you get a call and the caller seem to be pressuring you into a quick decision. Step back and take a breath. Call the police department and ask for advice or help.
- Vandalism: Officers have noticed more and more vandalism to street signs, stop signs, and parks. If you see any suspicious activity around street signs, let us know. If you notice a sign is difficult to see or has graffiti on the sign, let me know so I can request it to be fixed.
- Unoccupied Homes: If you have any in your neighborhood, report any activity you might see around the structure. Although we have not had too much of this, there have been thefts of copper from unoccupied structures. Peter Township has had quite a few of these incidents.
- We are in the midst of the Holiday season. Please understand that the holiday season is a very high crime time of year, especially in the mall areas. There are people that prey on unsuspecting people. Learn to watch your surroundings, and make small little adjustments to your attentiveness. Keep a keen eye while out in public, and hang onto your possessions. Thefts and frauds spike at this time of year. If you are going to donate funds, please make sure the charity you choose is legitimate.
- Food Drive: The food drive will start December 2, 2013, and end December 18, 2013. There will be two collection dates at Walmart and Shop N Save; Saturday December 7, and Saturday December 14. If you would like to volunteer to help, We would love to have you! We will sort and pack the food at the Brightwood Fire Station on Wednesday 12/18 from 8am- until finished.
- The Adopt A Family Program has started. The goal is to help 50 families in Bethel Park. If you know any business owners or groups that might want to sponsor a family, please get them in touch with me. I have sponsors for approximately 26 families right now.
- The December meeting, we will have a guest speaker. Dave Gealey from the US Postal Service will do a presentation on mail fraud and new scams that are happening. He will also gladly answer any questions you might have! After the meeting, we plan to have a little social gathering with light refreshments such as cookies, coffee, water, pop. If you want to bring some cookies for the meeting to share, please feel free to do so!
- Display a blue light this holiday season: A blue light in the window during the holidays is a symbol for appreciation for the men and women who work as police officers, as well as remembering those who have made the ultimate sacrifice protecting us. A simple blue Christmas light means a lot to all of Law Enforcement.
- Happy Thanksgiving!
Future Meeting: Tuesday December 17 @6:30 pm at the Community Center. This will be Food Drive night! Please consider bringing non-perishable items to the meeting. Postal Inspector Investigator David Gealey will be the guest speaker, and the topic will be mail scams and fraud. After the meeting, we will have a little social gathering, with light refreshments. (Coffee, water, pop, and cookies) Feel free to bring cookies if you want!