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The company managing the Sherman Hills apartment complex has no plans now to put up a guard house or around-the-clock armed security, said city council members this week.
Council members Bill Barrett and George Brown met in July with John VanMetre, director of property management at The Aspen Companies, a sister company of Treetop Development, the facility’s owners. Barrett and Brown are members of a group organized by Congressman Matt Cartwright, D-Moosic, looking at living conditions at the apartments.
“We have recommendations, not just cameras and fencing. I think we do need a guard system and to have people there who are monitors. I feel that’s something that’s necessary,” Brown said.
“The bottom line is I feel there’s a need to more closely monitor who’s there,” Barrett said. “There are problems still occurring, still continuing. I think they need to seriously consider having an armed security presence there to make it a safer place. That should be the objective, to make a safe living place for residents of the development. The only way you can do that is to make sure people who aren’t supposed to be there are not there.”
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Pittsburgh police this morning arrested a man for spray-painting graffiti near the giant rubber duck currently floating in the Allegheny River at Point State Park.
The 40-foot-tall rubber duck, which arrived in Pittsburgh last week, was not damaged.
A security guard stationed to monitor the floating faux water fowl told police he thought he heard a spray can hit the ground and then saw two people spraying on the sidewalk, according to a news release from police spokeswoman Diane Richard.
Both people ran, but police later caught Ryan Sigesmund, 34, whose address they did not know.
It is always nice to see an improvement in service while reducing costs. The Lancaster Parking Authority has done just that by replacing security details patrolling the parking garages in center city by car with security officers on bicycles. It is felt that the officers on bicycles are highly visible and approachable if help is needed by a customer.
The reason for this change was not due to any increased criminal activity. The change was made to improve customer service and safety. The side benefit is saving the Parking Authority money. The city has contracted these services through Allied Barton. The decision to go with Allied Barton was made using advice from Lancaster PD, Franklin & Marshall College and Lancaster General Hospital, as well as the Parking Authority.
Two officers were contracted for $70,000 through Allied Barton and will work 11 hours shifts riding around downtown Lancaster’s five garages, being highly visible in their yellow shirts. The security officers carry handcuffs and mace. In the event backup is needed, the Parking Authority bike officers will contact the James Street Improvement District bicycle ambassadors as first responders. City police are only contacted as needed. The James Street Improvement District already uses Allied Barton for their bicycle ambassador program.
This program will save the Parking Authority $10,000 to $20,000 per year by substituting Allied Barton staff for Parking Authority staff. Allied Barton specializes in security and the Parking Authority specializes in parking cars so the change makes sense. It is expected that the new bike team will put 40 miles per day on their bikes while patrolling.
Sometimes you have to read something a second time to make sure you were not hallucinating!
A 37-year-old man in Dover Township, York County shoved a bag of frozen shrimp in his pants (first clue) and attempted to flee a grocery store with the ill-gotten gains (second clue). When a store security guard tried to stop this Mensa member and upstanding citizen, the guard was attacked (third clue) by the customer. The thief customer was followed into the parking lot and subdued by the battered security guard and a bystander.
Our award winner is being held on $10,000 bail over a bag of frozen crustaceans and some fisticuffs. Somebody should have made a trip to Long John Silvers!
I hope the bag of shrimp was not returned to the freezer case!!!!
Governor Chris Christie signed a new casino deregulation bill which is aimed at bringing New Jersey into line with the rest of the county. The outdated New Jersey regulations were costing casinos a great deal of money by requiring round-the-clock inspectors at the states eleven casinos. The original laws were written back in 1978!
80% of casino inspectors are being laid off on March 25th. More may follow. The Division of Gaming Enforcement is taking over these duties. Gamblers will now either phone Trenton or fill out a complaint form instead of tracking down the inspector on duty.
The new regulations also cut minimum staffing levels for casino security officers, surveillance personnel and pit bosses. Casinos will now have more money to spend on marketing. With states like Pennsylvania adding casinos, New Jersey gambling revenues are down.