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Chief speaks to civic group

January 12, 2001

Chief speaks to civic group



By KIMBERLY YAKOWSKI / Staff Writer


Hagerstown City Police Chief Arthur Smith addressed a newly formed citizen's group in the North End Thursday evening, giving advice on how residents can help police keep their neighborhood safe.

The biggest problem people in the North End have is daytime burglaries, Smith said.

He advised members of the North End citizen's group to watch out for each other and tell police if they see something suspicious.

"You know the ebb and flow of your neighborhood. You know when something's out of place," he said.

Smith said resident complaints can help police obtain search warrants for troublesome properties.

The police chief introduced the group to Lt. Tom Alexander, who will be their liaison with the police department.

Alexander told the group there were 200 calls to the police department from the Magnolia Avenue and West Irvin Street area from April 1, 2000, to Jan. 3, 2001.

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A few were for parking and vehicle stops and 11 were for damaged property, he said.

"The big crimes aren't happening here but the little things are what's concerning us. I don't care how trivial it seems to you - I want you to call us," said Alexander.

Alexander said that although he patrols all of Hagerstown, he is assigned to pay special attention to the North End.

"You're my responsibility," he said.

Residents at the meeting complained about large trucks parking in residential areas, gas being siphoned from vehicles, speeding and loud car stereos.

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