City Crime Stats
You can look up the crime stats for our neighborhood or anywhere in the city by going to the Stat Map at “police.stpete.org” Don't use the www like many websites use. Go to the stats symbol. When you're on the page you need to go to the left side and uncheck everything except the “Police Calls”, unless you want to see more. Then decide a date range. Then at the top of the map on the header start typing Harris Park and some suggestions will pop up. Select the first one and you will be in our general neighborhood. You can see everything that's happened in the date range.
St Petersburg has a process where they can do something with nuisance properties and activities. This process is available to our neighborhood and all other ones in the city, if the need arises. Below is a summary of what it's tasked with. The catch is when you try to report a property, there has to be numerous calls and complaints to the police department. If those incidents are not on record with the police, no action will probably occur. So the moral of the story is if there is a property in the area that has nuisance activities, multiple neighbors need to call and keep calling so the police can build a case, to take it in front of the board and press criminal charges if that's appropriate.
“The Nuisance Abatement Board is a seven-member quasi-judicial board. This board hears and decides cases involving properties in the City allegedly being used for:
· illegal drug activity
· criminal gang activity
· dealing in stolen property
· operation of pain management clinics that generate certain illegal activities
After hearing evidence and argument, the Board may declare a property to be a public nuisance and then can impose fines and other requirements on the property owner with the goal of abating the nuisance. This Board plays an important role in reducing crime and improving the safety and welfare of St. Petersburg citizens and visitors by encouraging property owners to take responsibility to prevent their properties from becoming the site of ongoing nuisance activities.”
Everyone is asked to keep their doors and windows locked to help reduce chances someone can target us for a crime.
So we all need to also keep watching out for each other and if need be, report any abnormal or suspicious activities. Neighbors watching out for neighbors.
David Holler, Crime Watch Coordinator
Safeguarding your Vehicle
Our community officer informed us that a large car theft ring has been apprehended through a joint effort between several Tampa Bay police departments. While that was great to hear, it is up to each one of us to practice due diligence to safeguard our vehicles to the best of our abilities.