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August 13, 2013

We have lived in this house for quite a few years now. The criminal level has risen to a level I am not comfortable with. Drug deals take place there on a nightly basis....

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ToTEXASfromPA

Aug-13-13 6:03 AM

I am sorry to hear that Mr. Phlegar.

Have you checked in to the Neighborhood Watch groups to see if you can join one? That might help.

BTW, by posting this letter, you just devalued any negotiating position that you have.

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Capricorn1

Aug-13-13 6:30 AM

Mr. Phlegar, I hope you reconsider your thought of moving. You will only be passing your problem on to the next family that purchases your home. As Texas has stated, have you talked to your neighbors and see if they would be willing to work with the police and district attorney in forming a neighborhood watch group. I had the exact same problem you are experiencing in a neighborhood I once lived out of state and we were able to drive away that element by coming together and providing police with information and pictures. We made ourselves much more visible and had the watch signs posted throughout the neighborhood. It was only a matter of a couple months and we started seeing less and less traffic and eventually the problem was gone. Don't allow these thugs to take over your neighborhood and force you out. You worked too hard to give up what you have.

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streetmachine

Aug-13-13 7:24 AM

the crime has risen in this area because only the ones that commit the crime can afford to rentaround here i work a p/t job i make 200.00 a week that is 800 a month how can i afford to rent aplace for 2000 a month unless i decide to go the other way then i could afford it

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Capricorn1

Aug-13-13 7:34 AM

Streetmachine, rental prices have risen because of the gas industry. Crime has risen because of the increase in drug activity. But, you're right, many people see the money associated with the drug trade and the fact that they don't have to work for a living, so it's a very tempting endeavor for many.

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slickthedryfly

Aug-13-13 8:03 AM

Did you see how fast they caught the Boston bombers, and found that girl in Idaho. Did ya, did, ya. It's called the MEDIA. I'm telling you, EVERYDAY the Sun-Gazette should post Mug Shots of every arrest that happened the previous day. I know it my be hard because of the number of PD's, but anyone who get their mug shot taken should be able to see their pretty face in the next days paper.

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CMReeder

Aug-13-13 8:18 AM

Good luck selling your house after writing a letter telling everyone it is located in a high crime area with drug deals happening next door.

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wwhickok

Aug-13-13 8:19 AM

Here is my first question. "Drug Deals nightly", have you even ONCE called the calls with a description, a recording, a picture, or any other attempt, to have the problem dealt with?

Or are you another one of those people who "see the problem" but thing "It's not my job to do something about it"?

I agree with the Sun-Gazette posting mugshots, absolutely agree.

But the question comes right back to this, the people who keep saying "there's drug deals constantly taking place on this street/that street/the other street" are you doing ANYTHING about it? Got a digital camera or camcorder? record that crap and call the cops? What's there to be afraid of if you have concrete evidence and they are locked up behind bars?

Maybe I'm looking at this with tunnelvision but I am willing to bet the majority are just sitting back and watching it/letting it happen.

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metalhead

Aug-13-13 8:30 AM

You want to see drug deals in action? Go to the Family Dollar parking lot and face toward the Mater Delarosa church parking lot,and you can watch it all day. Im not joking either, and the wmspt. police know all about it to, but yet it continues.

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Capricorn1

Aug-13-13 9:09 AM

Wwhickok, that's exactly what we did when we had the problem. We sat on the porch across the street and took pictures of the people coming and going and the plates to their vehicles. We turned everything over to the police and the photos all had dates and times. They used the information to start an investigation and soon after they raided the house and the problem went away. The only way to solve this, is for the people to be more proactive. The police is only a small force for a city of 30k. They can't be everywhere all the time so in most cases they are a reactionary force.

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CMReeder

Aug-13-13 10:53 AM

The problem did not go away, it still exists, just on a different street.

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fromtheport

Aug-13-13 12:17 PM

I think a lot of homeowners are afraid of these people and are afraid to take pictures in fear of being harassed by these low life. I had a similar situation in my neighborhood. I called the police all the time and by the time they drove up to the house, the noise or people that were grouping would disperse. They somehow found out that I was the one calling the police and it became very uncomfortable to live there, I had a few flat tires thrash all over my yard but I couldnt prove it was them so I could do nothing about it. I think thats why people are scared, they dont want retaliation on their property.

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Capricorn1

Aug-13-13 12:49 PM

The problem did not go away, it still exists, just on a different street. -Reeder

Actually arrests were made so it did get rid of some of the problem. But, you're right, maybe they will move elsewhere. So be it. Maybe if enough neighborhoods get involved, they will start running out of places to go. Also, a lot of these dealers are coming in from out of the area; Philly for example. If they start seeing it's no longer safe to deal their drugs, perhaps they will take their business elsewhere. I just think that between the added focus of the police department, and the extra eyes and ears of neighborhood watches throughout the city, we have a real chance at curbing this drug epidemic which is resulting in increased crime. It definitely can't make it worse.

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CMReeder

Aug-13-13 1:37 PM

You are not solving the problem, as you said you are just 'curbing' it.

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Capricorn1

Aug-13-13 1:50 PM

Reeder you are never going to eliminate drugs and crime. Stop trying to bring negativity to a program that has proven success and can help people make their neighborhood a safer place to live. I understand that you, being a liberal, feels it's governments responsibility to keep you safe. But there are those of us that choose to take personal responsibility and get involved in trying to help get the problem under control. I'm curious, if your neighborhood was to start a watch program, would you participate, or just sit back and let others do the work?

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Capricorn1

Aug-13-13 1:59 PM

fromtheport, I understand that many may fear getting involved. We had the same problem. But the key is max participation and when you have that, you often lessen the fear that some may have. That's why it's important to be organized and have a watch captain and to work closely with police. If people know that they aren't in it alone and that others are there to look out for them, it lessens the apprehension they may have. It also allows neighbors to come together and to trust each other. When we started the program, as neighbors we barely knew each other and we only had a few houses participating. After six months there were few neighbors that weren't involved and we were having block parties and other functions. It pays off in many positive ways.

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Capricorn1

Aug-13-13 1:59 PM

fromtheport, I understand that many may fear getting involved. We had the same problem. But the key is max participation and when you have that, you often lessen the fear that some may have. That's why it's important to be organized and have a watch captain and to work closely with police. If people know that they aren't in it alone and that others are there to look out for them, it lessens the apprehension they may have. It also allows neighbors to come together and to trust each other. When we started the program, as neighbors we barely knew each other and we only had a few houses participating. After six months there were few neighbors that weren't involved and we were having block parties and other functions. It pays off in many positive ways.

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msamerica101

Aug-14-13 9:09 AM

I do not blame you. I sometimes wonder if I even want to continue to work in the city.

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spike2

Aug-14-13 9:44 AM

Nice comments Capricorn. The only area where I disagree is "selling drugs to not work". People need to realize selling drugs is business. it takes effort, knowing value, knowing your competition, profit and reinvestment,knowing how to 'market" to customers, knowing "employees" and so forth. Drug dealers are up on modern technology, laws, and so forth. Our first mistake is to misunderstand the savvy of "dealers". We to often lump users and dealers together. fromtheport: no one knows you are taking pictures with a cell phone. Don't leave your porch and just snap a few photos.

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