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Frankford Crime Update

It’s time to take a look at the crime stats so far this year.  This is just a comparison to last year for the period from January through July.  It only includes data for the 15th District PSA1 which is the area South of Bridge Street in Frankford and Bridesburg.  North of Bridge Street is PSA2.  

Included below is a summary of the most important crime categories to most people; public safety and property crime.  

15th District PSA1
January through July – 7 months20172018difference
Crime involving firearms112106-5.4%
Homicide Criminal85-37.5%

As you can see, overall crime is down.  Theft remains about the same as last year. 

Frankford is by no means, crime free.  We continue to see rampant drug use and sales and the violence that is connected to that trade continues to be a problem that will drive good people away and keep good people from moving here.  But, that problem exists in every part of the city to a degree. Until the cause of that problem is addressed, we are just pushing it from one neighborhood to another. Thanks to the cops who continue to try to do a good job under difficult circumstances. Below are the details of the report.

Ag Assault Firearm5857-1.7%
Ag Assault No Firearm97970.0%
All Other Offenses588555-5.6%
Burglary Non Residential273011.1%
Burglary Residential10194-6.9%
Disorderly Conduct7420-73.0%
Driving Under the Influence5037-26.0%
Forgery and Counterfitting32-33.3%
Homicide Criminal85-37.5%
Liquor Law Violations105-50.0%
Motor Vehicle Theft395951.3%
Narcotic/Drug Law Violations181152-16.0%
Offenses Against Family and Children2350.0%
Other Assaults497420-15.5%
Other Sex Offenses – Not commercialized182222.2%
Prostitution and Commercialized vice81475.0%
Public Drunkenness84-50.0%
Receiving Stolen Property10-100.0%
Recovered Stolen Motor Vehicles14120746.8%
Robbery Firearm5449-9.3%
Robbery No Firearm8369-16.9%
Theft From Vehicle1771907.3%
Vandalism/Criminal Mischief2582767.0%
Weapons Violations537541.5%
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Did Squatters Take Over the Mayor’s House?

Well, No, they didn’t.

You never hear about Philadelphia’s Mayor, Jim Kenney, having his house stolen by squatters.  That is probably because it has never happened.  Squatters know that it would not be allowed to happen.  If the mayor came home from being away one day and found squatters occupying the premises, the police would have the bums in cuffs and charged with Criminal Trespass in the blink of an eye.  That is how it should be for any situation of that kind in the City.  If you steal a house, you get arrested.

Yet, when the property at 1301 Wakeling Street (right across from Frankford High School) was taken over by squatters in the 3rd week of March, why did the Conservator (Scioli Turco), working on behalf of the Northwood Civic Association, have to go to court to have the crooks legally evicted?  Why should the victim of this crime suffer further loss?

1301 Wakeling Street

Why didn’t the police just throw the bums out when they were called on the first day when they were called to the property?  It is the theft of a house.  But that is not the way it happened.  Instead it took 3 weeks for the legal process to get them out.

Joe Krause, President of the Northwood Civic Association, has been working to bring this property back from near extinction, since 2015.  Last year, after battling the absentee owner for two years in court, the Conservator was appointed, and work began to rehab it and get it back onto the market as a single-family home.  Great progress was made.  Until somebody stole it and held up the project for three weeks.

Its back in the hands of the Conservator now and work must be done to repair the damage.  Three weeks of time lost in the battle to keep the neighborhood a decent place to live.

What will happen the next time squatters take over a house?  It could be yours.