Update on Burglary Uptick

Lawrenceville has seen a recent uptick in burglaries of both residences and businesses from April 2018 to present, particularly concentrated in Lower Lawrenceville and along Butler Street.

 

Police seeking help identifying suspects

Camera footage of suspects has been collected (see below) and residents are encouraged to call 911 with any information on the identity of these suspects, or if residents see these individuals.

Photo 1: Suspect from Industry burglary, picture shared by Zone 2 Police.

 

Video 1: Camera footage of individual seen taking (and later returning) item from private property on 4/29/2017, the same night as a number of burglaries across Lower Lawrenceville.

 

Video 2: Camera footage of individual appearing to “case” homes in Lawrencville on 5/23/2018, the same night that various burglaries occurred on this block and across Lower Lawrenceville.

 

Preventive Measures

Zone 2 Police encourage all residents to review this document on preventive measures to avoid burglaries and prevent being an “easy target.”

 

Have a camera? Add your location to our database.

LU shares this database with Zone 2 Police so that they can reach out if seeking footage for a nearby incident. You can voluntarily add your location through this Google Form, calling us at 412-802-7220, or emailing us at info@LUnited.org.

 

Putting these burglaries in context

While these burglaries are cause for concern and should be taken seriously, crime in Lawrenceville has been on a steep downward trend for years. For instance: between 2010 and 2017, all Part 1 crimes decreased by 41% and burglaries decreased by 68% in Lawrenceville; between 2016 and 2017, Lawrenceville saw a 16% decrease in Part 1 violent crimes, a 7% decrease in Part 1 property crimes, and an 8% decrease in Part 2 crimes; with a total crime rate of 55 per 1,000 residents, Lawrenceville is the safest neighborhood in Zone 2 Police and has a significantly lower rate of total crime per 1,000 residents than the City of Pittsburgh overall.

 

Notes from Community Meeting on McConway and Torley’s Draft Operating Permit

A new draft operating permit has been issued by the Allegheny County Health Department (ACHD) for McConway and Torley, a steel foundry in Central Lawrenceville. The public comment period began on Thursday, November 2nd, 2017 and ends on Monday, December 4th.

On November 16th, Lawrenceville United and Lawrenceville Corporation hosted a community meeting with ACHD to provide information on the specifics of the draft operating permit. Please see below for meeting notes and the presentations from ACHD and Lawrenceville United:

For a quick 1-page summary of the draft operating permit and the community meeting, please also check out this summary document that LU compiled with key information.

For additional information about the air quality permit and the public process, please see below:

How can the community have a voice in this process? ACHD is currently accepting comments from the public through December 4, 2017 in one of the following ways

  1. Speak at the public hearing on Monday 12/4 at 6 p.m. at Arsenal Middle School (220 40th Street). Must register with Karen Sagel at 412-578-8115 no later than 4 p.m. on Friday, 12/1.
  2. Email to aqpermits@alleghenycounty.us
  3. Mail to 301 39th Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15201

If you want help preparing your testimony/comments, PennEnvironment has offered to be a resource. Contact Zach Barber at 412-521-0943 or zach@pennenvironment.org.

Lawrenceville United also encourages residents to reach out to us with comments or questions at 412-802-7220 or info@LUnited.org.

9th Ward Block Watch Meeting Notes for October and November

Please see below for meeting notes and materials for the 9th Ward Block Watch meetings in October and November.

October 18, 2016 – 9th Ward Block Watch and community meeting on Hatfield Row project:

November 15, 2016 – 9th Ward Block Watch and community meetings on Crowhill Development restaurant at 4412 Butler Street and Regent Penn development at 46th and Davison:

10th Ward Block Watch Meeting Notes – 11/7/16

The November 10th Ward Block Watch Meeting was held on 11/7/16 at Goodwill of Southwestern PA. Please see below for materials related to the meeting:

The next 10th Ward Block Watch meeting is on 12/13 at 6:30 PM at the Lawrenceville A.O.H. (5203 Carnegie Street).

10th Ward Block Watch & Community Meeting on 5416 Butler Street

* DATE/LOCATION CHANGE FROM USUAL 10TH WARD BLOCK WATCH * Please join us for the 10th Ward Block Watch and a community meeting on Cannabis Company of Pennsylvania’s proposal for a medical cannabis dispensary at 5416 Butler Street. Monday, November 7th at 6:30 PM at the multi-purpose room inside the Goodwill of Southwestern PA’s workforce development center at 118 52nd Street. Please note that this is a change from the typical 10th Ward Block Watch meeting time/location because of election day.

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Community Meeting for 4568 Penn Ave – Thursday November 10th

Please join us for a community meeting at 6:30 pm at the Irma Freeman Center for Imagination (5006 Penn Avenue) on Thursday, November 10th. Hough’s brewpub in Greenfield is proposing a new brewpub at 4568 Penn Avenue and will be presenting their plans.

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