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Parkside Security Patrols
During the Spring and Summer of 2011, the Parkside neighborhood witnessed a noticeable increase in porch larcenies and car break ins. While in themselves they were not unexpected, and did not involve either actual or threats of violence, we quickly understood that the police would often taken half an hour or longer to respond to multiple 911 calls. Given the number of patrol cars responsible for all of Delaware District, and the number of higher priority incidents in other neighborhoods, the police were simply unable to respond any quicker. The situation became pronounced enough that we began to worry about well intentioned residents getting frustrated enough to take matters into their own hands, and possibly ending in violence.
The PCA then, with the support of Councilman LoCurto, initiated a temporary Private Security Patrol program. We contracted with Buffalo Protection and Investigation to run a patrol car dedicated to just the Parkside neighborhood on weekend nights. Along with the generous support of our members, we were able to run this program for 5 consecutive weeks.
This fall we have received reports of break-ins or attempted break-ins of homes during weekday working hours. We have argued that the neighborhood should received increase police presence during working hours as this largely residential neighborhood empties out during the day, when other neighborhoods presumably are not seeing much activity. The Police responded by increasing day time patrols, but efforts are ongoing as reports of incidents continue coming in. The Security Patrol program was not designed to cover the neighborhood for 8 hours a day, 5 days a week, and simply is not funded for that amount of coverage. Furthermore it was not intended to replace the role of the police, but merely to address weaknesses in the system.
Going forward, the PCA will reserve funds for patrols to be scheduled around discreet events or holidays, as well as for weather related emergencies or black outs. We must stress that if you witness a crime, or believe a crime is being committed, ALWAYS CALL 911 FIRST. Likewise, let us know if you or somebody you know has been a victim of a crime so we can notify your neighbors and follow up with the police. To sign up for our weekly crime alerts, please submit your e-mail address on our home page. Lastly, if you are interested in supporting this program you may do so below, or by submitting a check to
The Parkside Community Association
Security Patrol Program
2318 Main Street
Buffalo, NY 14214
Thank you for your support, and as always, please contact us if you have any thoughts, suggestions or questions.
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