Pratt St. and Frankford Ave.
Its been four months, exactly, since we first pointed out that the crime camera at the corner of Pratt Street and Frankford Avenue is not working. For a while the blue light on top used to blink giving the impression that is was working but even that has now stopped.
This came to mind as I was tinkering with this new site (to me anyway) I stumbled over yesterday. www.spotcrime.com provides crime data the way you wish the PPD site would. It’s very graphic and fairly current. Easy to use and provides useful information.
So I said to myself, I wonder if there have been any crimes committed under the blind eyes of that non functioning crime camera up at Pratt Street. I plugged in the address and what do you know.
Well now I know but you might want to go do your own test. While you are at it, if you want to compare crime in Frankford with say crime in some other area. You can do that to. Makes an interesting comparison.
We noted that this camera, corner of Frankford and Pratt) was not and has not been working on September 19th. Representative Payton’s office reported it downtown to PPD headquarters. Seems like it has been enough time to fix it doesn’t it unless the priority for Frankford issues is so low that they just don’t think its important. I guess it will take somebody getting shot under before it gets fixed.
We’ve heard all the excuses before. Just get the job done.
Crime camera corner of Frankford Avenue and Pratt Street
We got a tip that the crime camera on the corner of Frankford Avenue and Pratt Street has become no more than a useless decoration. The word is that it does not function and has been that way for some time.
There are some cameras in the city that do not function and are intended to serve as a deterrence. This was not one of those as far as we know. The criminals certainly know the difference the first time the commit a crime within sight and get away with it.
What will it take to get this thing fixed?