Suspicious characters and litter

August 1, 2009 10:36:00 PM

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A Ward 5 meeting was held last week. All the seats were taken and several people standing. Our police chief and several other police officers were there to give talks and answer questions about crime in Columbus. The briefings were a little long for those who had to stand but were informative and worth the time and effort. Many questions were answered and good advice given on some uncertainties about crime in our city. Everyone was given a chance to ask questions.  

 


One of the main concerns was what to do when uninvited suspicious people come to your house or property. 

 


Many in our city are experiencing this and, because of their good nature, have been taken advantage of--some even beaten up and robbed. The chief advised NOT to shoot and ask questions later, but to call 911 immediately with a complete description of the suspect or suspects, and let the police do their job.  

 


However, I think it''s good to be ready to defend yourself if someone enters your dwelling uninvited because they don''t do that just to say hi and have a chat. Be suspicious of all uninvited strangers coming onto your property; they could be up to no good. Call 911 ASAP giving a good description of the person or persons so the police can better know who to look for. It''s best to be safe so you won''t be sorry. Also, look out for your neighbor too by doing the same thing in their behalf.  

 


We can help reduce the crime in our city by having a plan and using it. Don''t be afraid to call 911; they are there to HELP us.  

 


Another concern was trash thrown from passing vehicles. When you see it happen, always get a tag number and report it to 911 ASAP. The police will respond. There is a fine of $250 for throwing stuff from an automobile onto our streets. It will help with the city budget by reporting those who want to be litterbugs. If they do the crime, let them pay the fine. 

 


Raymond Gross, A Ward 5 meeting was held last week. All the seats were taken and several people standing. Our police chief and several other police officers were there to give talks and answer questions about crime in Columbus. The briefings were a little long for those who had to stand but were informative and worth the time and effort. Many questions were answered and good advice given on some uncertainties about crime in our city. Everyone was given a chance to ask questions.  

 


One of the main concerns was what to do when uninvited suspicious people come to your house or property. 

 


Many in our city are experiencing this and, because of their good nature, have been taken advantage of--some even beaten up and robbed. The chief advised NOT to shoot and ask questions later, but to call 911 immediately with a complete description of the suspect or suspects, and let the police do their job.  

 


However, I think it''s good to be ready to defend yourself if someone enters your dwelling uninvited because they don''t do that just to say hi and have a chat. Be suspicious of all uninvited strangers coming onto your property; they could be up to no good. Call 911 ASAP giving a good description of the person or persons so the police can better know who to look for. It''s best to be safe so you won''t be sorry. Also, look out for your neighbor too by doing the same thing in their behalf.  

 


We can help reduce the crime in our city by having a plan and using it. Don''t be afraid to call 911; they are there to HELP us.  

 


Another concern was trash thrown from passing vehicles. When you see it happen, always get a tag number and report it to 911 ASAP. The police will respond. There is a fine of $250 for throwing stuff from an automobile onto our streets. It will help with the city budget by reporting those who want to be litterbugs. If they do the crime, let them pay the fine. 

 


Raymond Gross, Columbus