Crime Watch Report for February 2017

Area 1- Coordinator- Katie Fazio
2-28-17. An attempted burglary was reported on S. Linwood Ave. near Ewing Rd. Entry was not made into the residence.

Area 2 – Sandy Gibson
2-07-17. A package was stolen from a porch on Noble Ave.
2-20-17. A GPS unit was stolen from an unlocked vehicle overnight on Lincoln Ave.

Area 3– Coordinator- Diane McQuaide
2-03-17. A resident from Crafton Blvd. fell victim to a phone scam from Duquesne Light. No money was taken.
2-13-17. A resident from the 1700 block of Crafton Blvd. also received a phone call from a Carnegie phone number asking “can you hear me now?”
2-19-17. An unlocked vehicle parked on Bell Ave. was rummaged through overnight and nothing was reported to have been stolen.
2-19-17. A basement window to an apartment building was noticed to be cracked 2 days ago and completely shattered on this date on Maplewood Ave.

Area 4- Coordinator- Vacant
2-07-17. A heavy piece of metal was reported stolen from a residence in the 1900 block of Crafton Blvd.
2-09-17. A suspicious phone call was received by a resident on Highland Ave. who was asked “Can you hear me now?”
2-28-17. A saw and pills were stolen from an unlocked vehicle in the 2200 block of Crafton Blvd.

Area 5- Coordinator- Mary Fleming
2-10-17. Sunglasses and loose change were stolen from a vehicle in the 1500 block of Barr Ave. It is unknown if the vehicle was locked or unlocked while parked overnight.
2-20-17. A ladder was reported stolen from a porch on this date on Rodgers Ave. It is unknown when it was actually stolen.
2-26-17. A black Chevy SUV struck a parked vehicle in the 800 block of Clearview Ave. and fled from the scene.

Area 6- Coordinator- Bill & Janet Finlay Jr.
2-03-17. Money was stolen from an apartment in the Crafton Towers.
2-09-17. A suspicious phone call was received by a resident on Thomas St. who was asked questions that the answer would be “yes.”
2-14-17 A vehicle was on Glenn St. was entered and a wallet containing money and cards were stolen.
2-15-17 Two vehicles on Afton Ave., three vehicles on Duncan Ave. and one vehicle on Maxwell St. were entered overnight. The vehicles were all left unlocked and were not damaged. All vehicles were rummaged through and there was only one report of loose change being stolen from one vehicle.
2-23-17. A cell phone was reported to have been stolen from an unlocked vehicle approximately a week and a half ago from the 100 block of W. Steuben St.

Crafton-Ingram Shopping Center
2-01-17. The drive thru ATM machine at the PNC Bank was damaged by an unknown individual

TIPS/ADVICE:
The police department has been taking several reports regarding vehicles being entered overnight. In all cases these vehicles have been left unlocked. RESIDENTS PLEASE LOCK YOUR VEHICLES. Do not leave yourself and your vehicle an easy target. Also, if feasible, leave exterior lights on overnight as a deterrent. With the warmer weather that we have been experiencing and the arrival of spring not too far off, please remember to secure your residence after opening up your windows and doors to get fresh air.

For the latest information please follow the Crafton Police Department on our Facebook page.

Alert: 3-3-2017

The Crafton Police Department responded to an address on S. Linwood Ave. between Manor St. and Woodlawn Ave. Blvd. for a burglary report. This occurred during the morning hours on Friday and entry was believed to have been made through a side door which was most likely left unlocked. Several articles of clothing along with cash were stolen from this residence. Two rooms were ransacked as well. If any resident observed someone acting in a suspicious manner we would appreciate your call with the information. Please remember to secure all points of entry into your residence and secure your vehicles. The Crafton Police Department is being assisted by the Allegheny County Police Department.

For the latest information please follow the Crafton Police Department on our Facebook page.

Alert: 2-28-2017

The Crafton Police Department responded to an address on S. Linwood Ave. between Ewing Rd. and Crafton Blvd. for a report of an attempted burglary. No entry was made into the residence however it appeared as though an unknown person attempted to gain entry through the rear door by punching out the doorknob lock/keyhole. Officers did observe fresh tool marks/scrapes to the keyhole area. The lock was not defeated and is still functional. No other points of entry appeared to have been tampered with. If any resident observed someone in a backyard or acting in a suspicious manner we would appreciate your call with the information. Please remember to secure all points of entry into your residence and secure your vehicles.

For the latest information please follow the Crafton Police Department on our Facebook page.

Alert: 2-17-2017

The Crafton Police Department has recently taken several reports of vehicles that have been entered through the overnight hours. In all cases the vehicles have been left unlocked. Eight reports have been made since 2-14-17 regarding this type of activity. In most cases nothing was stolen from the vehicle and the vehicles were only rummaged through. Two residents did report items stolen from their vehicles which include loose change and a wallet. Please do not leave valuables, weapons and/or sensitive information in your vehicle. Bring these items into your residence and store them inside overnight. Please report anyone suspicious in your area. The most recent activity has been in and around Duncan Ave., Afton Ave., Maxwell St. and Glenn St. Please be extra vigilant in these areas and call 911 immediately if you suspect any foul play or suspicious activity.

Alert: 2-12-2017

The Crafton Police Department fielded two complaints from February 9, 2017 in which residents believe that they were the target of a phone scam.  One resident answered the phone in which the caller ID presented a phone number from Carnegie, PA.  The male voice on the other the end stated “Can you hear me now?”  This same type of scam was reported to the media by other residents in the Pittsburgh and Allegheny County areas.  Another resident reported that the phone call that they received tried to provoke them into answering questions with “yes.”  In both incidents for Crafton residents it is not believed that any information was obtained by the caller.  Residents are reminded that there are several different phone scams that arise all of the time.  It is in your best interest to not answer the phone call if you do not recognize the phone number.  Let the voice-mail pick up and check the message later.  If in doubt, check out the phone number by searching it on the internet and see if the number is linked with any scams.  You can always contact the Crafton PD for further assistance and concerns and an officer will be happy to help you.  Please share this information with your friends, and family, especially the senior population.

Another recent local scam that was reported to the news media also dealt with people receiving calls from the “Allegheny County Sheriff’s Office.”  The Sheriff’s Office will not call you to request payment for anything.  Neither will the IRS or any government or law enforcement agency.  If something is owed or there is warrant a representative from that agency will respond in person and never by phone.  Do not wire money, purchase gift cards and send them or give credit/debit card numbers or gift card numbers to anyone over the phone unless you are confident that they are who they say they are.  You can also make reports to the FCC on their website as well.

For the latest information please follow the Crafton Police Department on our Facebook page.

February Community Calendar

Crafton Residents

A mailer was sent to each household within the Borough, from Waste Management. This flyer included any new and/or updated information regarding trash removal, as well as the new 2017 Trash Calendar. If you did not receive this in the mail, you may pick up a copy from the Borough office or go to our website at www.crafton.org. Also, this information will be included in the 2017 Trash Bill that will be mailed out by Jordan Tax Service.

Bagged leaves can be picked up by the Public Works Department. Contact the Crafton Borough Office to make arrangements at 412.921.0752 ext. 10.

Crafton Community Potluck Lunch

Community Potluck Sunday, February 5, 2017. Bring a dish to share and enjoy the company of your neighbors! Everyone is welcome! 1pm-3pm in the Community Room. For more information contact Holly at 412.979.2381 or CraftonCommunityPotluck@gmail.com.

Jordan Tax Service – Trash Fee Collection

Tuesday, February 28, 2017 from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM. Jordan Tax Service will be in the Community Building for Trash Fee Collection. This will be the last day to take advantage of the 5% discount. For your convenience please use the Community Center entrance.

Military Banner Program

Crafton Borough takes great pride in the men and women who have served our country in times of need. Now we’d like to take this opportunity to invite you to help us honor your friends and family from Crafton who have served our great country.
The Military Banner Program salutes our brave men and women who are currently serving and those who have served in the military by creating and displaying a 24” x 36” military banner to be exhibited in Crafton between Memorial Day and Veterans Day for years to come. Banners will also be displayed at www.troopbanners.com/Crafton.
For more information contact the Borough Administrative Office at 412.921.0752 x 10 or click here.

Summer Employment Opportunities

The Borough of Crafton has begun accepting applications for seasonal summer employment for Pool Manager, Assistant Pool Manager, Head Lifeguard, Lifeguards, Cashiers, Attendants, Concession Stand Workers, Aqua-robics Instructor, and Park/Street Laborers. Employment Applications can be picked up in the Administrative Office, 2nd Floor of the Borough Building Monday through Friday between 8:30 AM and 4:30 PM or online by clicking here.
Applications must be submitted by 4:30 PM, Wednesday, March 8, 2017.

Borough & Meeting Information

Administrative Offices Closed

Monday, February 20th, 2017 – In observance of Presidents Day

Allegheny County Sanitary Authority (ALCOSAN)

ALCOSAN will launch its Clean Water Assistance Fund to help families pay the ALCOSAN portion of their sewage bill. The program will serve low-income residential customers in 83 municipalities. Ratepayers who qualify will receive a $30 credit on their bill, every three months. Dollar Energy will manage the program for ALCOSAN, you may contact them at 1.800.375.1388.

Crafton Borough Council

The Crafton Council Meetings for February will be held Monday the 13th, and Monday the 27th. Meetings are held in the Council Chambers of the Community Center starting at 7:15 PM. Meetings can be viewed on YouTube following the link on our website at www.crafton.org or by following this link https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC_iL1uJ842r9UF1M0zNoEoQ.

Crafton Borough Organizational Meetings

Crafton Recreation Board – Monday the 13th at 6:00 PM – Community Center
Crafton Performing Arts – Monday the 13th at 7:00 PM – Community Center
Crafton Celebrates – Tuesday the 14th at 6:00 PM – Community Center
Crafton Community Farm – TBD

Trash Removal

Recycle dates for February are the 14th and 27th. Missed pickups should be reported to Waste Management @1.800.866.4460
Questions regarding the new E-Waste collection program can be directed to 1.800.449.7587

Alert: 2-3-2017

Residents are reminded not to give out their credit card numbers or other personal information over the phone. A resident reported that he received a phone call from a male who stated that he worked for Duquesne Light and that he owed money. The total amount due was extremely high and the resident was advised that a technician would be over in 30 minutes to shut off the electricity. A credit card number was requested and the resident was advised that the credit card machine was not working. The resident was advised to go to CVS and purchase pre-paid credit cards and send them in the mail. The resident did not purchase the pre-paid cards and cancelled their credit card.

The male caller was described as having an Indian accent. An officer spoke to the male caller who stated that he was not running a scam for Duquesne Light. The same officer called another number that the resident provided and the male hung up while speaking to the officer. Both males were advised to stop running their scam. The two numbers provided to the police department are 800-447-2070 and 516-805-5274. If you are ever in doubt, hang up the phone and call the company personally.

Crime Watch Report for January 2017

Area 1- Coordinator- Katie Fazio
1-10-17. A drone was reported to be flying near a residence on S. Grandview Ave. and the resident believes that it may have been watching them.
1-25-17. An unlocked vehicle on Promenade St. was entered overnight and a few dollars were stolen.

Area 2 – Coordinator-Sandy Gibson
1-04-17. A hit and run was reported on Grace St. The suspect vehicle was believed to be white in color.
1-12-17. A brick wall in the rear of a residence/business was damaged by an unknown vehicle in the 100 block of Noble Ave.

Area 3– Coordinator- Diane McQuaide
1-03-17. A hit and run accident was reported to have occurred overnight on Stotz Ave. near the borough parking lot.

Area 4- Coordinator- Vacant
1-18-17. An unlocked vehicle on N. Emily St. was entered and a laptop computer was stolen overnight.
1-18-17. A vehicle on Parke St. had multiple tires slashed overnight.
1-23-17. An apartment was burglarized on Warren St. and 2 flat screen TVs were stolen along with a gaming system.

Area 5- Coordinator- Mary Fleming
1-16-17. A vehicle in the 1500 block of Barr Ave. was entered overnight and a small amount of loose change was stolen along with a plastic cup.

Area 6- Coordinator- Bill & Janet Finlay Jr.
Crafton-Ingram Shopping Center
1-13-17. A vehicle was struck and damaged while parked in the middle of the shopping center overnight.

Tips/advice:
Please remember to lock your vehicles and residences.

Make sure to follow the Crafton Police Department on Facebook for the most up to date information

Crafton Borough Military Banner Program

Crafton Borough takes great pride in the men and women who have served our country in times of need. Now we’d like to take this opportunity to invite you to help us honor your friends and family from Crafton who have served our great country.

The Military Banner Program salutes our brave men and women who are currently serving and those who have served in the military by creating and displaying a 24” x 36” military banner to be exhibited in Crafton between Memorial Day and Veterans Day for years to come.

For more information please click on the Military Banner order form, or contact the Borough Administrative Office at (412) 921-0752 x 10.

www.troopbanners.com/Crafton  

Trash Collection Payments

Jordan Tax Service will be at Crafton Municipal Building on Tuesday, February 28, 2017 from 1pm to 4 pm to collect Annual Refuse Collection Payments.

 The Annual Fee for refuse collection is $212 per year, a 5% discount will be applied if paid by February 28.    Further details can be found in Section 188-6 (C) of the Crafton Borough Code.