Sunday, January 2, 2011

Desensitized ?

It might be just me…

 But it seems that crimes that are occurring
 around the area not  receiving as much
 attention as they would have in the past.

Have we become desensitized to many things that once
 would have been a shock to society  because all
 of these things are more prevalent ?

Are we really becoming desensitized to crime or
 just becoming indifferent?

many times appear only as a few lines in the local papers.

Where is the concern?
Where is the outrage?

Victims  suffer from not only the loss of materials items but the loss of security in their homes, and neighborhoods.

For years to come, Victims are left with feelings of fear,
anxiety, depression, panic, nausea and sleeplessness.  

They feel helpless and violated during or by the crime.

Thankfully there is help…

Victim’s Resource Center.. web site

Victims Resource Center offers a broad spectrum of services to men, women, adolescents and children who are victims of crime, as well as their family members and friends affected by the incident. In addition to the services listed below, VRC provides prevention education programs for students, professionals and community groups while serving as an advocate for victims.

71 North Franklin St
Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701


 They offer a 24-hour telephone hotline -- staffed by trained counselors 24 hours a day, seven days a week, each office has a hotline for victims of crime to call.  1-866-206-9050

 From Times Leader:

HANOVER TWP. – A woman reported she was stopped by a man impersonating a police officer on South Main Street on Dec. 23. She said the man was operating a tan-colored vehicle with a “police” sticker on its bumper and flashed blue lights for her to stop near the Hanover Industrial Park.
She said the man asked her several questions before leaving the area. He was wearing a yellow ski jacket and a hat with “police” on the front.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Hanover Township police at 825-1254.

From the Citizen’s Voice:

Plains Twp. man arrested in attempted break-in
Police arrested a drunken man Monday for trying to break into a house in Wilkes-Barre, frightening the homeowner who held the lock shut on the other side of the door.

Authorities charged Donald Simonson, 36, of 62 Tamarac Road, Plains Township, with attempted criminal trespassing, disorderly conduct and public drunkenness.
Officers were called to 45 St. Clair St. around 6:15 p.m. for an intruder trying to get inside. Emergency dispatchers told responding officers the resident was holding the lock shut to keep the suspect outside.
When police arrived, Simonson was holding the front storm door open and attempted to gain entry into the home, police said.

Police ordered Simonson to cease his actions, and he eventually complied.
Investigators immediately recognized Simonson from previous incidents. They determined he exhibited signs of intoxication.
The resident, Patricia Kwiatkowski, was "visibly upset and barely able to speak" following the incident, police said.

Kwiatkowski said she did not know Simonson.
Simonson was charged and jailed in the Luzerne County Correctional Facility in lieu of $2,000 bail.

Donald Simonson has an extensive criminal history …
and 11 cases including this one are still ACTIVE.


I just received a call from the coordinator of the Park Ave Area Crime Watch group…

Tires were slashed on 3 vehicles in her area this weekend.
It seems to be an epidemic in the city lately.

After some doing research it seems that it may have to do with


Just the other night an alert citizen seen young men breaking into cars on Madison Street. They call 911 with a great description. The police arrived quickly and caught them ! Good job !


Reports from Clipboard at Police Station
12/25- 12/30

96 Sambourne St.-Burglary

250 Scott St.- Tires slashed

Schield’s Market- George Ave.-  License plate stolen

250 S. Hancock St.- automobile stolen

277 Andover St.- silverware stolen

41 Calvin St.- Copper pipes stolen

29 Hillside St.- Copper pipes stolen

83 Blackman St.- Smashed car window

R. 77 W. Ross St.- Smashed car window / items taken

129 Scott- Stereo Theft from car

132 Lafayette- TFMV

367 S. River- Copper pipes stolen

74 Park Ave- TFMV- Handgun, GPS and two knifes

Hunn’s Café parking lot- George Ave.- TFMV

Union and Main St.- person robbed with machete.

50 Orchard St.- Purse stolen

R. 84 Madison St.- stolen Jeep


  1. We need to have the magistrates to come down harder on the perpetrators of malicious mischief.
    Few people can afford to take time off for tire/windshield replacement, let alone the costs involved.Jail time/probation, and restitution for both cost, and lost income IF ENFORCED would possibly be a good deterrent?

  2. We need more police not fireman. If the city council would take a pay cut and the mayor we could hire a couple more police officers.