Connellsville Crime Watch meeting set for Wednesday
The third Connellsville Crime Watch meeting will feature a speaker from a home security service, and crime watch signs will be available.
Daniel Cocks, one of the co-organizers of the crime watch, said the guest speaker for Wednesday's 5:30 p.m. meeting in City Hall will be Thomas Zabielski of Guardian Protective Services, a business that provides security systems for existing homes, new construction, small businesses, multi-location franchises and corporations.
“We also requested through a partnership with Guardian some crime watch signs for businesses and residential areas in the city,” Cocks said, adding that Guardian approved the grant and will bring 30 crime watch signs — half for residential and the other half for businesses — to the meeting.
“We, as a crime watch group, have to decide the parameter of posting these signs,” Cocks said.
Cocks will go over crime statistics in Connellsville during the past few months to let residents know what's going on in the city.
One of the more recent incidents was the theft from multiple vehicles last week in the city.
Connellsville police Chief James Capitos said all the vehicles were unlocked.
“We stress the need to lock the vehicles,” Capitos said, adding that residents should refrain from placing valuables in their vehicles that are in plain sight to people outside of the vehicle looking in.
“If it's something real lucrative, someone will break a window,” Capitos said, but added the criminals try to be as quiet as possible and look for the easiest target, which includes unlocked vehicle doors.
Capitos said another thing he tries to preach at every crime watch meeting is to contact 911 whenever something happens or if something is suspicious.
He added that last month's meeting had guest speakers from Crime Watch of Fayette County go over their program, where anonymous tips can get someone a reward of as much as $1,000.
“Hopefully, they'll be more aware of what's going on in their neighborhood and call the police,” Capitos said, adding that he would like to see more residents attend the crime watch meetings.
“These meetings are put together to learn about what is going on in Connellsville, what the community can be on the lookout for, and also provide positive interaction between the community and our police department,” Cocks said.
Cocks said he will announce the receipt of a grant from PNC Financial Services to start a McGruff program in the city, which could lead to a county-wide program to educate children about crime.
Thursday will be the United Way's Day of Caring, where the crime watch group will partner with the United Way of Westmoreland County, Pittsburgh Paints, UPS and Downtown Connellsville to cover graffiti under the Route 119 bridge at 10 a.m.
For more information about Connellsville Crime Watch, visit its website: www.downtownconnellsville.org/Connellsville-Crime-Watch.html
Mark Hofmann is a staff writer with Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-626-3539 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- 2 cars strike horse near Fayette fair
- Turbine sites near properties in Fayette County threatened
- Police: Man impersonated Fayette probation officer
- Sidewalk signs pop up in downtown Connellsville
- 35th annual Dawson Grange Community Fair to get underway Monday
- Connellsville churches combine festivals
- Letters won’t be used as evidence in North Union man’s homicide trial
- Fayette County Fair up and running
- Ailing youngster has wish fulfilled in day with Masontown K-9 officer
- Judge: Fayette man’s statements admissible at trial in death of toddler daughter
- Dunbar Twp. man held for trial in DUI fatality