FYI- we were on vacation last week and we let our local Police dept know and they stopped at our home twice a shift(24 hours a day) got out and tried every window and door and walked around our home(neighbors saw em at 2 am with flashlights doing it too) until we got home. Thats what higher taxes pay for.. Its a shame the residents have to pay $500 a year for a neighborhood watch guy to walk around..
That's called a 'roll call complaint' here.
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To answer some questions here; NO the homeowners are not liable for any actions the security officer does that may create litigation. However, as a taxpayer, we are all liable for mistakes and actions the police department make. You're not liable if the grocery store manager shoots a shoplifter just because you're a customer of his business. Can the guard arrest or issue citations; NO, they can observe, report, and detain if deemed appropriate. Philadelphia does allow for private police that have the authority to arrest and cite; that is in process with the company that patrols Northwood. $40 a month-This cost will go down as more households subscribe to the service; as low as $25 a month. All homes whether subscribed or not have incidents reported and observed; the service covers the whole neighborhood not just those that pay. YES YES YES there will always be those that won't pay because they have the mindset that 'let everyone else pay'.....just like welfare. If there are not enough subscribers the service will eventually go away. The politicians that spoke to the media about this service and voiced their opinions did not attend a single meeting where this idea was discussed. PSA meetings were attended for over 2 years with the response, "We don't have the resources to patrol, we have a 911 priority system". Not the police LTs. fault; but not a solution to burglary, car break-ins, vandalism, etc. The beat cops love this idea as do most of the 'white shirts'; it's not a smack in the top cops faces at all...it's a neighborhood making a loud and clear statement; "We don't abide by the NO-Snitch culture, we report crime and we're on your side doing something about it.' Yes, Harry Mearing is also a witness that shows up to court. Any other questions can be answered by the Northwood Civic Association President @ 267-499-8408
The City of Philadelphia is now embroiled in this Federal lawsuit over Frank Tepper:
Family of man killed by off-duty officer seeks millions from Philadelphia
You tell me... is a neighborhood that hires a rent-a-cop to harass interlopers who is bonded by a security company a whole lot worse than a cop who pointed (what's suspected to be) his service revolver and shot a neighbor, plus also called assists on his own house repeatedly and whose actions paved the way for a $62 million dollar Federal civil lawsuit against the City?
It must have been holy highwater hell living next to the Tepper house. I wonder if the Teppers have moved out of their house in Port Richmond. I can tell you NOBODY loves them... not the lifers, not the immigrant renters, not the newbies. Nobody.
We're kinda lucky that the a-hole got life in prison. Had the outcry in Port Richmond not been as loud as it was--chances might have not turned out like that and Tepper would still be around "protecting" you.
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Tepper should have been fired long ago
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Heard the guy dressed as a woman ID'd a couple people who had a robbed him near Frankford Ave a couple nights before; coincidence maybe???? Not fact though; just what I heard from a fairly reliable source. Apparently the body was dumped where it was found.
Cop from Hatboro got convicted of stealing dope and money from the evidence locker as well as intimidating people. He will do, no lie, two weeks in jail.
Gimme a break!
That's quite a new item there, Feloniousjoe. Could you give us a hint about where this comes from?
I think it was in the paper that the man died where he was found. I had not heard anything about him being robbed.
I have heard some rumors about very aggressive transvestite prostitutes hanging out near Womrath Park (Frankford and Kensington), which is not too far from where the man was found. I don't know how many online right now have any knowledge of Frankford, but I'd like to hear more about this.
I know it's sorta racy, but this is a part of our city that many of us really don't know exists.
He wasn't robbed the night he was killed; supposedly robbed a couple nights before. He ID'd the perps that same night to police according to the uniformed person I spoke with. This person took the initial complaint from the victim after he was robbed. The area at Frankford and Church and then North a couple blocks is a high volume of trans prostitutes. It's thought he was driven to the locale where his body was found.