I haven't seen this mentioned here or on Philly Blog, but there were several attacks last week in MT. Airy-
From the Mt. Airy Safety Network:
Crime Bulletin from the 14th Police District (6/17/09-6/24/09)
Additional information on armed robberies. Please note that the Crime Bulletin disseminated by the 14th Police District lists one male robber, while info we received from neighbors about robberies over the past week alluded to two male robbers.
The list below includes three robberies which occurred in West Mt. Airy. The Crime Bulletin also listed robberies in Chestnut Hill (2), E. Mt. Airy (1) and Germantown (1).
Robberies W/ Gun occurring in the 14th Dist.
1 - 230 W. Johnson Street
1 - Greene/Westview Avenue
1 - 6500 Wissahickon Avenue
"Female victims carrying a purse were approached from behind by a B/m 21-25 years, 58, slim to med build, Dark. Complex, Lt. beard, and made to give up their purse by point of silver handgun. The male then fled in a 06 or 07 black ford explorer unknown tag. Four of the incidents happened within 20 to 30 mins of each other. Mostly occurring during 8x4 tour of duty."
I've lived in Mt. Airy a little over a year now, but these are the first real problems I've heard about. Is this a summer time thing- did I miss it last year? Or is this a new development that I should watch out for a bit more? I'm just a little concerned (having been mugged before) because these addresses are along my dog walking/jogging routes.