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Taking back the city

‘Night Out’ walkers experience a real city police drama

August 7, 2013

In an ironic twist, a group of about 40 people taking part in a “National Night Out Community Walk” in Williamsport Tuesday night were escorted around a scene investigated by city police while they......

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Aug-07-13 6:34 PM

Funny, I don't see anyone making these walks around 4 blocks around Little League Boulevard???? You want to make a stand against crime, you can start there with your demonstrations.

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Aug-07-13 3:41 PM

They have been going to take back the city since 1985!

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Aug-07-13 2:51 PM

it doesnt matter the color of your skin or the nature of your origin. there are criminals and good people in all of the ethnicities. oh i cant spell it, anyhow, only god should be doing the judging. who are we to judge. what if all of the white people in williamsport were doing and selling drugs and shooting people every day. you would see the same thing. whites blacks latinos would be rallying against CRIME, not color. it just seems apparent tho that every shooting and drug dealing seems printed with an ethic name attached to it, with a philadelphia address in the long run.. we are not to judge tho, because like i said, no matter where you are from or the color of your skin there are good and bad in EVERYONE. good for the neighborhood watches. be suspicious of EVERY strange activity and report it. the 125 thousand im about to read about could be spent on a few more cops instead of lighting and cameras. pfft

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Aug-07-13 1:20 PM

You asked why, I gave you a plausible answer. I am sure those who's properties were lit afire don't consider arson "petty."

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Aug-07-13 1:03 PM


Please, I don't think petty arson counts here. They were holding signs that read "Stop the killing," but were not in a high crime area. I can't even believe you compared arson to murder. If I remember correctly, these arson cases were mainly started in a garage or vehicle.

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Aug-07-13 12:22 PM

This may be why ScienceisKing "Some 11 arson-related fires that remain unsolved have taken place in Newberry, one this year."

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Aug-07-13 12:01 PM

Wwhickok we had these same problems when we first started in MD. Once everyone gets more organized and start working together, it gets to be much easier to recognize anything suspicious. This is not a program that takes a lot of effort. It's just something a lot of people aren't used to doing because they are very busy with their own lives. Patience will bring positive results.

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Aug-07-13 11:53 AM

Whomever disagreed with my post, I'd be interested in hearing your explanation as to why.

I'm not for one second suggesting racial profiling or anything of that nature is acceptable, all I'm saying is, if you're new to the Neighborhood Watch or you aren't familiar with your neighbors, you may be quick to make false judgements. I think at some point in our life, it's fair to say we've all been guilty of this in some way, small or large.

What I'm saying is, if you're genuinely trying to do the right thing, not just showing bias towards certain people, it's not wrong. There's going to be some hiccups at first, that's the way it is with anything usually. That's just my opinion. This type of thing, as Cap said, absolutely requires us to get to know each other, to get familiar with one another, to know the 'routine' of your neighborhood. This will allow us to know what's out of place, suspicious, and potentially criminal, and what's not.

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Aug-07-13 11:44 AM

Why were they walking in the Newberry section? Newberry is one of the safest areas of the city. These groups should be targeting high crime areas such as the 4th, Cemetery, Scott, and Memorial street area.

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Aug-07-13 9:17 AM

Wwhickok, well said. This is a new initiative and it will take time for citizens to get educated and for them to become familiar with their own neighborhoods. Sadly enough, many of us don't even know what goes on in our neighborhood, or even who lives in our neighborhoods. The false alarms will be more frequent at first, but they will lesson as citizens become more familiar with their surroundings and begin to work together with their neighbors. This program not only allows more eyes and ears to the police, but it is also a chance for neighbors to come together and learn to trust each other and count on each other.

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Aug-07-13 8:41 AM

First of all, when the cops are called and they respond in these situations, frankly should approach them under the assumption there is no wrong doing, however be prepared for the discovery there is.

The reason I say that is because frankly, there's going to be a lot of reports that end up being non-issues, however some of them are going to lead to real arrests. I understand it's frustrating and perhaps offensive to people but you've got to understand that the citizens here, have no idea who they can trust when they don't know you, so when they see something that looks even remotely suspicious, they're going to assume it is. It's the self-defensive mechanism in peoples' brains, it's instinct. Perhaps some of us would react differently but it doesn't make those who react in this way wrong.

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Aug-07-13 8:17 AM

Is anyone else bothered by the "mistaken identity" angle in this story? The police commendably responded to a crime-watcher's suspicions, but I can easily picture a situation getting ugly because a well-intentioned community member jumped to a conclusion. The person on the stoop didn't help matters by scooting out the back door, but there's a big difference between a dangerous fugitive and a simple bonehead.

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Aug-07-13 7:57 AM

Who cares about anonimity? If you see something wrong report it.Case closed. Unless you've got something to hide?

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Aug-07-13 7:08 AM

Time for people to stop with this anonymous stuff anyway....time to 'man up' and stop hiding because you want a safer community....exactly what's wrong with a safer community...the thugs aren't anonymous...time for the good people to be bold and brazen TOO!

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Aug-07-13 6:33 AM

Nothing is "anonymous" any longer. You might be able to find a pay phone and call in from there, but if there are surveillance cameras nearby, you could still be discovered.

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Aug-07-13 3:06 AM

Go to the Williamsport Police website. They have a form on there that you can fill out and submit online for crime tip reporting. It is anonymous and I doubt they will be tracking your IP address. They appreciate any help they get.

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Aug-07-13 2:54 AM

You couldn't use your own computer or phone and be anonymous, you could be easily traced.

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Aug-07-13 1:58 AM

The police should have an anonymous text/e-mail crime tip line.

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