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    Security Update March 6, 2017

    Friday, March 3 @4AM
    From Crimereports.com
    Assault reported on the 2100 block of Main (between Humboldt and Robie). No additional details are available.

    Friday, March 3 @6:30PM
    From WGRZ
    Two people face multiple felony charges following a drug raid on Greenfield (between Elam and Russell). More details are available in in the news article.

    Sunday, March 5th @6AM
    From Crimereports.com
    Robbery reported on the 200 block of Parkside (between Russell and Jewett). No additional details are available.

     Tenant Screening

    by Bruce Wagner - PCA Crime and Public Safety Committee Chair

    We recently had an arrest of two tenants residing on Greenfield Street on drug and weapons charges.  As a licensed private investigator, I want to share with you a quick, cost-free method to screen your tenants to protect your property, neighbors and make sure you don’t have to end up in eviction proceedings.

    First method you can employ is use Zabasearch, a free search engine to identify past addresses.  Next, Google the full names of your potential tenants in quotation marks along with their current town or city.  If they have a middle initial, use it.  Remember that many people share the same name so you will need other identifiers such as age and address to make sure what you find is the person you are researching. 

    Your next step is to search Erie County Clerk records online at:  http://ecclerk.erie.gov/recordsng_web/

    Type in last name then first and again check for middle initials.  Many times torts and surcharges for criminal convictions are listed and by visiting the clerk’s office downtown, you can make sure it’s the right person and find out what they were convicted of or sued for. 

    Another free resource online is the New York State Unified Court System.  Just log into:  https://iapps.courts.state.ny.us/webcivil/ecourtsMain and choose from the different courts listed.  Supreme Court listings will provide you with information on lawsuits and Local Court on evictions and other civil actions along with current criminal proceedings.

    The New York State Unified Court System’s Office of Court Administration also offers a state-wide criminal history search for $67.  You will need a name and date of birth to conduct one.  It’s easy and you can pay by credit card. 

    If you don’t feel like going through the hassle, licensed private investigators offer this service for a fee but then the Fair Credit Reporting Act applies and you will need to provide your candidate a disclosure form and get a compliant waiver from them.  

    Additional resources:

    Housing Opportunities Made Equal (HOME): 
    Landlord Training and Certification

    Thursday, March 16, 2017 | 3PM – 5PM
    1542 Main Street, Buffalo, NY 14209

    Fees: $35 per person - Register online 
    Contact: Kibrett Facey, 716-854-1400 x 22, [email protected]

    HOME Landlord Training includes a copy of A Guide to Landlords' Rights, a Certificate of Completion, and materials to help you lawfully screen tenants.

    In two hours, HOME covers:
    -Fair housing law and protected classes;
    -Discussion on the impact of housing discrimination;
    -How to avoid discriminatory practices;
    -Best practices in the application and screening process, questions you can & cannot ask prospective tenants, and illegal lease clauses;
    -In-depth explanation of reasonable accommodations and modifications for people with disabilities;
    -Laws and local ordinances that landlords should know about;
    -Landlord rights and responsibilities;
    -Evictions and small claims court

     PCA's Crime & Public Safety Committee Meetings

    Wednesday March 29 | 7PM
    [email protected] | 716-838-1240

    These weekly Security Update emails are an extension of the Crime and Public Safety Committee. The committee works to keep the community briefed on activity in the neighborhood, communicate with district police about additional needs and challenges, and gather resources to improve safety throughout Parkside. If you'd like more information about assisting the committee, please contact the office, [email protected] or 716-838-1240. They meet monthly on the last Wednesday, 7PM.

    If you are aware of traffic collisions that occur in the neighborhood please report the information to the PCA office for inclusion in the weekly Security Update. Traffic information is not available from our crime reporting sources. Email [email protected] or call 716-838-1240. Thank you.

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    Annual Appeal

    Please consider donating to Parkside Community Association Annual Appeal!

    All money raised helps support continuing non-profit programs of the Parkside Community Association—among them are the Summer Arts Camp for kids, Aging in Place, Crime Prevention, Housing Advocacy, Arts and Crafts Show, Traffic Safety, the renowned Parkside Tour of Homes and Garden & Architecture Tour, and the popular free summer “Movies in the Meadow” series.