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Public Forum on Crime Set for Tuesday

Concerned Citizens group to host event at Plainview Library in wake of recent burglaries, crimes.

In the wake of the that have in recent months, a community group is staging a public forum next week to address the issue.

The of the Plainview-Old Bethpage Community Inc., and the Neighbor-to-Neighbor Watch Program have scheduled their for Tuesday, Dec. 20.

The will be joined by representatives of the Department, and others who will offer insights and tips on home and community safety, energy efficiencies and address the recent in the community.

The presentation will begin at 7 p.m. sharp in the Lower Level Meeting Room of the , 999 Old Country Road.

"The Concerned Citizens looks forward to the community availing themselves of this vital information and working together to keep our community safe," said the group's president, Carol Meschkow.

A question and answer period and refreshments will follow the program. was attended by about 50 people and offered a into crimes around the community.

For more information, contact the Concerned Citizens of the Plainview-Old Bethpage Community via their website at: www.concernedcitizenspob.org.  All are welcome to this free event.

Paulie B December 16, 2011 at 07:20 PM
Welcome to Ed Mangano's Nassau County people, where "only the criminals will notice" the changes to the police department. With less specialized police on the streets the patrol officers are stretched to the limit. Wait until he closes 2 precincts (one of which is rumored to be the Second Pct covering parts of Plainview) and see how secure you feel in your homes.
Fish Hunter December 17, 2011 at 05:31 AM
Tonight I was treated like a criminal after phoning in a tip! The officer on scene demanded my ID and found it suspicious that I was listening to the scanner and phoned in a tip about a vehicle they were looking for. Sorry officer but when 5 houses are robbed within a few block radius of me I want to know EVERYTHING that is going on.
Joe Dowd (Editor) December 17, 2011 at 05:38 AM
What else did you see out there, guys... Can you give us some more details. Police clearly were looking for something late Friday.
Fish Hunter December 17, 2011 at 06:30 PM
check your email Joe..
Paulie B December 19, 2011 at 09:28 PM
The burglaries are getting out of control, keep calling. As for feeling like a criminal, someone walking around in that area right now listening to a police scanner needs to be investigated, instead of feeling violated, feel comforted knowing that officer was doing a thorough investigation and not just taking you at your word that you were just an innocent bystander. Demand answers at this meeting as to what is being done as extra enforcement to protect your neighborhood. Lock your doors, leave lights on, make it look as if someone is home and always call if you see anything suspicious.
Mary McKab December 20, 2011 at 08:04 PM
There was a stabbing in Hicksville on Friday night and I was told that there were something like 12 burglaries in Plainview, Syosset, Jericho and Hicksville all on Friday night!!!! And Mangano is considering closing the Second Precinct!
Fish Hunter December 21, 2011 at 06:18 AM
Paulie after thinking about it I'm glad they were thorough and now know I am actively venturing out on foot patrols in my neighborhood
Paulie B December 21, 2011 at 03:46 PM
Fish, while it is good to be active in keeping your neighborhood safe, be very careful in what you do. Do not try to be more than a set of eyes. Never chase anyone or try to apprehend anyone, leave that to the professionals. Also be prepared for people to call 911 on you walking around, have your id and be courteous and polite if you are stopped and questioned. And if this happens frequently you can expect a detective to knock on your door or watch you until they figure out who you are.... Hopefully the police will catch the people responsible for this recent crime wave and things will get back to normal in our usually quiet town. Keep the pressure on the politicians to maintain patrols and keep our quality of life at the level it should be for the taxes we all pay.
DRB December 21, 2011 at 11:23 PM
I can't wait to see how Ed Mangano explains how closing two Pcts will help with the Burgalary problem
Fish Hunter December 23, 2011 at 04:47 PM
Ok so I've been thinking that if we get people in every neighborhood to be an observer we can have a web of eyes far more broad and keen to daily actives of a block than the PD ever will be !!
Joe Dowd (Editor) December 23, 2011 at 05:07 PM
Fish Hunter: That's a great idea. I'm in, and can help with Patch. Can you try to organize it.
Fish Hunter December 24, 2011 at 03:19 AM
Yea for sure Joe I will see about starting a FB page for it which I will share onto the patches wall.. If anyone has walkie talkies we can set a frequency..also I want the police to know all of us involved to avoid any hassle. This week is a great week to start!
Simba December 24, 2011 at 02:19 PM
FYI for just over 200.00 you can buy a top of the line Lorex wireless security camera, where you can view your camera from anywhere, how's that for eye's on the prize. The problem with having people staring out the window looking for strangers walking down the street is most break ins happen in the back door. One thing the Police have not mentioned is the percentage of homes broken in without home security vs those that did.
Joe Dowd (Editor) December 24, 2011 at 03:26 PM
Two quick things: Fish Hunter. I'll help. This could be good. Simba... the big message from cops was something as simple as locking back doors will deter most burglars. They generally look for really easy targets. The focus on the neighborhood is for those people who appear to be out of place, or watching houses. Good points, all of you. Thanks.
Fish Hunter December 24, 2011 at 04:36 PM
Simba already have IR Camera

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