Crime Watch Report March 2018

Area 1- Coordinator- Katie Fazio
3-22-18. A resident from S. Linwood Ave. received a check for placing decals on his vehicle and was requested to deposit the check. The resident was advised to deposit the check, keep some of the money and send the rest back to the sender. SCAM
3-28-18. A S. Emily St. resident received a message from “Microsoft” in which they wished to access the resident’s computer “remotely.” This is a SCAM.

Area 2 – Sandy Gibson

Area 3– Coordinator- Diane McQuaide
3-16-18. A vehicle parked on Station St. was struck by an unknown vehicle overnight.
3-22-18. A resident from Elmwood St. communicated with a person on a social media site that requested an upfront fee of $1,000 in order to receive a $50,000 home improvement grant. SCAM

Area 4- Coordinator- Amy Buchman (acting)
3-31-18. It was reported on this date that a Parke St. residence was forcefully entered. It did not appear that anything was stolen however the house had been rummaged through. A white male with black hair was observed in the area earlier in the day however it is unknown if he was involved or not.

Area 5- Coordinator- Mary Fleming
3-01-18. A firearm was stolen from a vehicle on Lawson Ave. It is unknown when or where the firearm was stolen from.
3-05-18. Two tires were slashed overnight on a truck that was parked in the 200 block of Clearview Ave.

Area 6- Coordinator- Bill & Janet Finlay Jr.
3-15-18. A hit and run accident was reported near the Advance Auto Parts Store in which a Chevy S-10 pick-up truck slipped out of gear and crashed into another vehicle. The truck was described as being flat black with a blue cap, yellow hood scoop, black front rims and chrome rear rims. There were several Steelers stickers/decals on this truck. The pick-up truck was driven away by a white male approximately 60 years old, 6’00” weighing 230 pounds. He was bald and had his ear pierced. The driver was later located and charged accordingly.
3-29-18. A hit and run accident was reported near the Giant Eagle. The victim’s vehicle was struck by an unknown vehicle while inside of the store. The suspect vehicle lost a bug deflector during this incident.
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TIPS/ADVICE:
Legitimate companies will not ask to access your computer “remotely.” Please do not provide anyone with the information on how to access your electronic devices “remotely.” Only let someone that you call and trust perform such a task. Also, do NOT cash any checks that someone sends to you and requests you in turn to send them money after the check has been deposited. This is a common scam.

Spring is here, officially by the calendar anyways. With the hopes of warmer weather ahead and increased hours of daylight, please remember to keep your doors, windows and vehicles locked when you are not home. The fresh spring air is a wonderful thing, however being the victim of a break-in to your house or vehicle stinks and you can help deter would-be thieves by keeping your assets secure. Be mindful of more children outside playing in the streets and parks as well. As always, remain vigilant and report anything suspicious to 911 immediately.

Crafton Police Officer – Examination Notice

Applications are now being accepted for the position of Police Officer in the Borough of Crafton, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania. Crafton is a historic community located approximately five miles west of downtown Pittsburgh and is a hidden gem in the city’s west end. The Crafton Police Department is known for community policing, long-tenured staff and a collaborative work environment.
Applications forms may be obtained at the Crafton Borough Building, Managers Office, 2nd Floor, 100 Stotz Avenue, Crafton, PA 15205, between the hours of 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday or by US mail, and are also available online by clicking here.  A nonrefundable application fee in the amount of $50.00, payable to the Borough of Crafton, is due at the time the completed application is submitted. Applications may be submitted in-person or by US Mail.

General Requirements

Applicants must be US Citizen; successfully completed a minimum of sixty (60) credit hours (copy of degree or transcript submitted with application) OR minimum of 2000 in-serve hours as a Police Officer or Military Police Officer, OR two full years of active military service with an honorable discharge and completed a minimum of thirty credit hours in accredit college; and a valid driver’s license. Be Act 120 Certified under the PA Municipal Police Officers Education and Training Act, or shall have successfully completed Act 120 Training and successfully passed the final exam, at the time of application. (A copy of your MPOETC certification or transcript must be provided at application. To comply with police department policy, no member shall have tattoos that cannot be covered with the regulation uniform while on duty, including short sleeved uniform shirt. Please call (412) 921-0752 ext. 10 if you have any questions.

The deadline for submitting a completed application is 4:00 p.m. on MONDAY, APRIL 23, 2018

Physical Agility/Fitness Examinations will be held on Tuesday May 1, 2018, beginning at 10:00AM at the Allegheny County Police Training Academy, 700 West Ridge Drive (North Park) – Allison Park, PA 15101, (724) 935-5566. Written exams will be given to eligible candidates immediately following. Applicants must arrive on the date of the examination no later than later than 9:30 am.

No reminder of the testing date will be provided to applicants.

Eligible candidates will be notified in writing when oral examination dates have been scheduled.

CRAFTON BOROUGH IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

April Community Calendar

Community News & Events

Compost & Wood Chipping

Beginning April 15, 2018, through November 15, 2018, Crafton Borough offers chipping service for tree branches and limbs (excluding hedges/bushes). Wood chips and leaf compost are available to Crafton Residents for pick-up by appointment, or can be delivered for a fee. For more information contact the borough Public Works Office at (412) 921-0752 x 16.

Recycle Days

Trash collection is every Tuesday and recycle collection is every other Tuesday. Trash can be placed at the curb, no sooner than 4PM, on the day prior to pickup. Recycle dates for the current month are April 10, and April 24. Please have ALL recycle containers CLEARLY marked. Cardboard should be broken into 14” x 14” and stacked at the curb. Missed pickups should be reported to Waste Management @1.800.866.4460
Questions regarding the E-Waste collection program can be directed to 1.800.449.7587 or AtYourDoor@WM.com

Easter Egg Hunt

When: March 31st promptly at 2pm
Where: Crafton Park
Who: 8 years and under
Sponsored by CVFD and Girl Scout Troop 50254

Mini Golf

Peter Cottontail Golf Trail
When: Following the Easter Egg Hunt until 3:30
Adults: $3 Children 12 and under: $2
Benefits Ambassador Girl Scout Blair Finlay’s Gold Award Project “Crafton Creekside Trail”

Crafton Public Library

For April events, click here.

Flea Market Fundraiser – Knights of Columbus

Saturday/Sunday in April: 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM – Dates to be announced.
10 W. Crafton Avenue, Crafton PA 15205
Knights of Columbus are hosting an indoor flea market. Proceeds to benefit building improvements. For information contact Chester at 412.928.0975.

Crafton Awake – Fall Poetry Series

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 – 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM at Crafton Public Library
Upcoming dates are May 9, 2018 and June 13, 2018.
Stop down at the library for more information.

Spring Shredding Event!

Saturday, April 14, 2018 – 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Crafton Park, W. Steuben Street, Crafton, PA.
Event sponsored by Representative Dan Deasy, Senator Wayne Fontana, along with Crafton Ingram Boroughs.
Residents can bring documents for ONSITE shredding.

Carlynton Little Cougars Football/Cheer Registration

Thursday, April 19, 2018 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Carlynton Jr/Sr High School Gym Lobby
Registration open to Carlynton School District residents, ages 6 through 12.
Questions? Contact John 412.377.1488 (football) or Carissima 412.498.2053(cheer).

Community Farm Spring Planting

Saturday, April 21, 2018 – 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
(Rain Date 4/28/2018)
EVERYONE IS WELCOME! No experience needed!!
Regular Volunteer Hours- April through October
Tuesdays: 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Thursdays: 5:00 PM to Dark
Sundays: 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM.

Senior Citizen Dinner

Saturday, April 21, 2018 – Doors Open at 5:00 PM.
Community Center Room, 140 Bradford Avenue, Crafton, PA.
Menu: Meat or Vegetable Lasagna, Tossed Salad and Meatballs plus Desserts and Drinks*
Entertainment: To be announced
RSVP By: Tuesday, April 17, 2018 to 412.921.0752 x 10.
Upcoming Dinner Dates: May 19, 2018
* Menu subject to change.

CVFD Night at the Races

Saturday, April 21, 2018 – Door Open at 6:00PM @ the Crafton Volunteer Fire Department
Tickets are $20 for one, or $35 for a pair. Includes a buffet dinner, beer, drinks and mixers and a fun filled night of gaming and races. BYOB. For Tickets or Questions contact Jim Bloom 412.670.2000

Property Tax Collection

Thursday, April 26, 2018 from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Monday, April 30 from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Jordan Tax Service Inc. will be in the Borough to collect tax payments. Please enter through the Community Center Doors and take the elevator to the 2nd Floor.

Spring Clean up Event

Saturday, April 28th, 2018 – 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Crafton Park, Steuben Street Entrance
** Open to Crafton Residents ONLY**
Please bring proof of Residency!!

Crafton Community Potluck

Sunday, May 6, 2018. Community Potluck Lunch – 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.

Borough Information

Administrative Office Closed

Friday, March 30, 2018 – Good Friday

Crafton Borough Council

The Crafton Borough Council will meet Monday, April 9th and Monday, April 23rd at 7:15 pm in the Council Chambers. Meetings can be viewed on YouTube by following the link on our website at www.crafton.org. Meeting minutes are also available on the Crafton Borough website.

Crafton Organization Meetings

Recreation Board – Monday, April 9th at 6:00 PM
Crafton Performing Arts – Monday, April 9th at 7:00 PM
Crafton Celebrates – Tuesday, April 10th at 6:30 PM

Alert: 3-23-2018

Crafton PD has taken two different fraud/scam reports over the past couple of days. In one incident a resident was talking to someone they thought was their friend on a messenger service on a social media website. The person was talking about a $50,000 home improvement grant and requested the resident to send $1,000 to pay for the fees associated with the grant. The resident realized at that point that it was a scam and quit communicating with the other person. No information was obtained by the scammer.

In another incident a resident responded to an ad on his computer which requested him to place decals on his vehicle and he will be sent money. The resident stated that the ad was for 5 Hour Energy and that he would receive a check for $2,550 in the mail. He was advised to deposit the check and keep $500 for himself and mail the remaining balance back to the sender. The resident spoke to a male with an Indian accent on the phone and advised him that this sounded like a scam. The male with the accent hung up the phone.

-NEVER SEND CASH TO ANYONE THAT YOU DO NOT KNOW.

-IF IT SEEMS TO GOOD TO BE TRUE IT PROBABLY IS.

-LEGIT COMPANIES ARE NOT GOING TO ASK YOU TO SEND MONEY FOR PROCESSING FEES TO PAY FOR WINNINGS.

-LOCK YOUR VEHICLES ALL OF THE TIME

-PLEASE REMEMBER TO LOCK YOUR VEHICLE(S) AND RESIDENCES ALL OF THE TIME.

-RESIDENTS ARE STRONGLY ENCOURAGED TO CALL 911 IMMEDIATELY UPON OBSERVING A SUSPICIOUS PERSON OR SOMETHING THAT APPEARS TO BE SUSPICIOUS.

-DO NOT LET PEOPLE THAT YOU DO NOT KNOW ENTER YOUR HOUSE OR USE YOUR PHONE.

-IF YOU SEE SOMETHING, SAY SOMETHING (Please call 911 immediately, not later)

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