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2019 statistics show crime down in borough

Wednesday, February 5, 2020 by PAUL CMIL Special to The Press in Local News

Coplay police chief says top incidents were burglaries, larceny, vandalism

Coplay Police Chief Vincent Genovese provided the borough’s annual crime statistics at the Feb. 4 council workshop meeting.

Crime was down in 2019, he said, with a total of 90 incidents. Topping the list were burglaries, larceny and vandalism.

Genovese said officers made 46 arrests during the year. They issued 186 traffic citations and 299 parking tickets.

The crimes occurred in the most densely populated part of the borough. Genovese said a full, detailed printout of the report is available to anyone interested in more information.

Genovese asked council to approve the hiring of a new part-time officer at the Feb. 11 meeting.

In other safety/emergency personnel news, newly appointed Fire Chief Brandon Bechtel reported he has recruited five new volunteers. They began their basic training at the end of January.

In 2019, Bechtel said, the fire department responded to 119 calls.

Verizon presented the borough with a layout of towers for implementing its 5G system.

The 5G system has a much shorter range because it operates at a higher frequency, meaning the transmitting antennae are much closer. Because the capacity is higher, the poles are not overwhelming.

Township Engineer Dan Witczak, of Acela Engineering, submitted plans for a public works building on Bridge Street property owned by the borough. According to council President Louis Bodish, the borough will put the project out for bid to see some preliminary pricing. The pricing is not binding on the bidder, but it will give the borough an idea of total cost so council can decide if it can be accommodated by the borough’s budget.

At the next meeting, council is expected to hire a new employee for the sanitation crew, approve an ordinance to adopt updates to the International Property Maintenance Code and approve the purchase of a new air conditioner unit for the police department.