Captain Bachmayer, District Commander for the 15th police patrol district asked us to spread the word about the increase in residential burglary in Frankford. Although arrests were recently made, there is no reason to let down your guard. The area roughly bounded by Torresdale Avenue, Margaret Street, Oakland Street and Unity Street have seen the greatest increase. About a third of the burglaries involve vacant properties. Generally they take place during daylight hours. Owners of vacant property should know that you can lose a small fortune in copper pipes that burglars will take which will make your property uninhabitable.
Home owners should be vigilant and on the alert for suspicious activity. If you have a burglary, no matter how small, call 911. Do not disturb anything. The police may want to take fingerprints for the investigation.
Check out John Loftus in the Northeast Times for some common sense ways to avoid burglary. See below for a new way to get timely notice, sent to your email or cell phone, of things of interest from the police department.