Maintenance of Law and Order cannot be done by the Police Department alone. It must be a partnership between the police, who provide professional assistance and authority, and citizens, who take an active interest in the safety of their community.
The Alburtis Police Department participates in many different community oriented programs. The basic goal of the Alburtis Police Department’s Community Service Officer is to lessen the ability of criminals to commit crimes by educating the community in ways to avoid becoming a victim of crime. Our Community Service Officer provides public presentations on:
The Alburtis Police Department has many active Crime Prevention Programs. The police department is also active in bike safety and other presentations as requested or needed. We also promote crime prevention at community events.
Alburtis Police Department also participates in the National Night Out Against Crime (NNO). This is a nationwide, annual event encouraging neighborhoods to band together and “give neighborhood crime and drugs a going away party.” NNO is the first Tuesday in August. In 2008, Alburtis Police Department held the first NNO event-a pool party/movie night. The event had over 125 people in attendance and we would love to see the attendance increase. If you would like to help with the National Night Out event please contact Officer Chris Lubenetski by phone at (610) 966-4777 or at CLubenetski@alburtispd.org.
Crime Prevention Tips
The crimes we fear the most occur the least. Armed robbery, severe assault, murder and rape, while highly publicized are relatively rare; the average citizen is unlikely to become a victim. Prevention consists of common-sense measures; avoid dangerous areas, especially alone at night, use street lights for visibility, stay in view of others, walk in groups when leaving public events, and call for police assistance if you have any reason to feel suspicious.
When we speak of crime prevention, in most cases the crimes to be prevented are burglary, car prowls and vandalism. They are the most common crimes and most likely to happen to the average citizen, regardless of location or social status. Burglary is a crime of opportunity.
Burglars and car prowlers seek easy targets, empty homes with easy, hidden entry, unlocked cars with visible valuables inside. Defense against burglaries and car prowls (and the companion crime of vandalism) rest on three principles:
1. Reduce the criminals motivation
2. Reduce the criminals opportunity
3. Increase the difficulty of committing the crime successfully
Often, vandalism is caused by young people in the immediate neighborhood. If you suspect that is the case, remember to keep a rational perspective. You can help solve the problem by speaking with the parents, reporting the activity to the police, and getting to know the potential offenders. Continuous effort is necessary to solve the problem. Even when an arrest can be made, the irate homeowner may not be satisfied with the results. Remember that persistence pays and over reaction hurts. Threatening violence or displaying a firearm does not help and exposes you to liability and criminal charges.
Ken Osmond (the actor who played Eddie Haskell in Leave it the Beaver) became a Los Angeles Police Officer after the show ended. He ended up being shot in the line of duty and survived because of his bullet proof vest. He is now retired.
As of 8/1/2016