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What's Happening in:  Newbold :  Point Breeze 

Newbold Neighbors Assn. launches porch-light safety campaign

The Newbold Neighbors Association has its eye on improving safety in the neighborhood with a simple solution — by encouraging residents to leave their porch lights on overnight.

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Paul Knese, of the civic’s public safety committee, said the “Light’s On Point Breeze” initiative “will be an ongoing message to do something really simple on your block that greatly matters.”

Knese said one of the committee’s duties is to attend the Police Department’s police service area meetings to report back, but they were looking to see if what they could do to prevent crime and enhance public safety. “So we asked at all the PSA meetings that we attended what the attitude is about well- lit houses,” Knese said. “And they are so enthusiastic, 110 percent behind it.”

Knese said they calculated the cost for lighting a 75 watt CFL bulb for 12 hours a day, every day: less than $9 all year.

“Well-lit streets give the feeling of greater safety, livability and friendliness,” he said.

The goal is to get at least 30 percent of households leaving their lights on by the end of the year.

For more information about the civic, or to get involved with its safety committee, check out their website here.

 

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What's Happening in:  East Passyunk Crossing :  Lower Moyamensing :  Passyunk Square :  Pennsport 

Watch out. Car thefts are up 28 percent in 3rd Police District

The 3rd Police District, which covers South Philly on the east side of Broad Street, sent out a robocall recently warning residents that car thefts are up so far this year by 28 percent.

Could this happen to you? It has happened to us before. Random pic from this website.

Could this happen to you? It happened to us before. Random pic from this website.

Community relations Officer Mike Duffy told us that home burglaries are also up 5.5 percent, but there are ways to prevent this from happening to you.

“We believe a lot of theft from autos can be avoided if residents did not leave belongings visible in their car,” Duffy said. “It is a crime of opportunity, take away the opportunity and there is less crime.”

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What's Happening in:  East Passyunk Crossing 

Four restaurants robbed along East Passyunk Ave.

Four restaurants on the 1900 block of East Passyunk were hit in smash and grab robberies early yesterday, in which some punk broke through the windows and grabbed the cash registers.

Fuel, Le Virtu and Adobe Cafe were hit around 1:30 a.m., according to NBC10, which reported that surveillance video showed a man lurking around outside Fuel at that time. He then ran inside and grabbed the register. Johnny Chang’s Chinese restaurant on Broad Street was also robbed, and the robber tried but failed to get into Green Olives Cafe.

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Violent crime went down last year in most of South Philly, except in …

A civic hacker put together an interactive map of the change in violent crime all over the city between 2012 and 2013, and most of South Philly improved. But not all.

Click on the image to be brought to the map, which was reported by Newsworks. It breaks down the change in violent crime rates by census tract, so what may appear to be one large block of blue (a good color) could actually be several different areas with vastly different rates.

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In this case, orange and yellow are not good – bad news for that sliver of Newbold/Point Breeze –  but it’s important to note that some neighborhoods that may have experienced an increase did so from a very low point, or vice versa regarding decreases.

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What's Happening in:  Pennsport :  Whitman 

Man shot in Dickinson Square Park basketball court in middle of the day

Dickinson Square Park, normally a scene filled with people exercising and children playing, became the center of a crime scene Thursday afternoon as shots rung out at the centrally located basketball court around 2 p.m.

Philadelphia Police were seen roping off the area of the park near Moyamensing Avenue and Morris Street and placing evidence placards on the ground where bullet casings lay strewn. Multiple police and news helicopters caused quite a stir as they hovered over the park. Philly.com lists the victim, who was shot once in the right leg, as a “25-year-old Hispanic man.” He was taken and treated at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital.

Fox29 Tweeted: "Breaking: Detectives place bullet casing markers at Morris & E Moyamensing b-ball court. 1 person shot in Pennsport."

Fox29 Tweeted: “Breaking: Detectives place bullet casing markers at Morris & E Moyamensing b-ball court. 1 person shot in Pennsport.”

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