Crime Is Focus Of Community Forum

Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Berks County

Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Berks County (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

With quality of life one of the top factors businesses consider in deciding to move into a community, the Greater Berks Chamber of Commerce & Industry focused on one local quality-of-life issue at its “State of the Community” breakfast Friday: crime.

Panel members, chief among them Berks County District Attorney John T. Adams, said crime is not as bad as it might seem.

“There’s a misperception of the rate of crime in the city,” Adams told more than 100 Chamber members gathered at the Crowne Plaza Reading, Wyomissing.

He noted that, comparing the local rates of murders, robberies and assaults with comparable cities and counties in the region, Reading and Berks are in the middle of the pack, not worst of the pack.

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Next Generation Of Reading Police Cameras Keeping Watch

Security camera at London (Heathrow) Airport. ...

Security camera at London (Heathrow) Airport. Taken by Adrian Pingstone in August 2004 and released to the public domain. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Editor’s note:  I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, Pottstown needs to get cameras! There are grants out there!

Criminals, beware, for Big Brother is getting more eyes to see you.

And remember you.

Reading’s next round of 20 security cameras is being installed in new neighborhoods, augmenting the 27 cameras in the downtown network since 2008.

“We’ve been pretty successful with them,” Police Chief William M. Heim said, noting there have been dozens of cases in which the existing cameras have been helpful in solving crimes and arresting suspects.

In March, City Council awarded a $650,000 camera contract to New York-based Let’s Think Wireless, with money from the same 2007 federal grant of $1.7 million that bought the first round from the same company.

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Important Meeting Alert!!!!!

If you are sick and tired of the criminal element causing violence in Pottstown and would like to do something to make your voice heard, please read below and mark your calendar for this important meeting!

October 7th, 7:00 PM

Pottstown Diner – 99 W. King St. (corner of King and Rt.100) in the Banquet Room
 
Speaker:  Local Attorney, Adam Sager
 
Mercury Headlines:  

Shots Fired Monday in Pottstown, Two Homes Hit…

Pottstown Man Describes Shooting Home Intruder…

Pottstown Police Seek Info on Brutal Home Invasion…

Pottstown Drug Dealer Convicted of More Crimes…

We all know that this is just the TIP OF THE ICEBERG

ENOUGH.  We deserve to feel safe, to keep our families safe and to enjoy our homes and neighborhoods without fear.
  
Homeowners, concerned investors, business owners and concerned renters WE CAN take back our neighborhood. Listen to Mr. Sager to find out how civil law can be used to hold criminals and slum property owners accountable for the violence in our neighborhoods.
 
KNOW YOUR RIGHTS:  KNOWLEDGE IS POWER!!
  
DON’T MISS THIS.  If you can’t be there, be sure you send a neighbor on your block. NO, better yet…round up all the good neighbors on your block.  Spread the word and let all of your friends and neighbors know about this meeting.
 
Bring this Flyer with your name printed below and win one of two $25 Wal-Mart gift cards, in time to decorate for Halloween. A random drawing will be held at the end of the meeting.
 
A BIG THANK YOU to our Good Neighbor – The Pottstown Diner for providing us with meeting space and refreshments.  Many Thanks to Attorney Adam Sager for his time, knowledge. willingness and support.  Way to Go Neighbors!!